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Welcome to M. Benjamin Katz, Fine Books/Rare Manuscripts

Welcome to the home of M. Benjamin Katz, Fine Books/Rare Manuscripts. We pride ourselves on having a diverse and eclectic collection of historically significant handwritten manuscript books, diaries, journals and ephemera. We also have some of the rarest fine books anywhere online.

We have chosen to categorize our offerings in five main areas: Books, Manuscripts, Diaries, Judaica and Ephemera within the historical measure of the centuries. There is also a 'General Overview' button that will list all our items to allow you to browse through the store. We honour Emile Zola, the master of French literature and Naturalism with his own category in our store.

We recommend using the 'Keyword' and 'Description' searches for manuscript or ephemera items using significant terms that are important to your search. Please note: ours is a personal service so don't hesitate to fill out our off-line search form and we will search our off-line inventory as well as create a permanent 'wants' search for you. Or you can, at any time, email us at info@mbenjaminkatzfinebooksraremanuscripts.com. 

Thank you in advance for your consideration of our collection.

“To a man who deals with history, letters contemporary with the events he is studying are frequently valuable material. Accounts written later are usually coloured by the knowledge of what actually happened, and are distorted by later prejudices and legends. Wartime letters may be distorted too, admittedly, through the necessity of obeying wartime censorship regulations, and also because husbands and wives often wished to appear more cheerful than they actually were. But even the letters that are distorted badly convey an atmosphere, a mood, that is hard to recapture otherwise, and which is important when reconstructing a period; and sometimes they at least give clues that lead to the unearthing of forgotten facts.” C.S. Forester The Man in the Yellow Raft


Featured Items
1929 ORIGINAL, SIGNIFICANT MANUSCRIPT RELIC OF EARLY SOVIET UNION AND AMERICAN RELATIONS HANDWRITTEN BY A KEEN EYED AND ENTHUSIASTIC AMERICAN DELEGATE FROM OAK PARK ILLINOIS A MERE SEVEN YEARS AFTER THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE USSR, ADELE RICE [MRS OWEN R. RICE]
1929 ORIGINAL, SIGNIFICANT MANUSCRIPT RELIC OF EARLY SOVIET UNION AND AMERICAN RELATIONS HANDWRITTEN BY A KEEN EYED AND ENTHUSIASTIC AMERICAN DELEGATE FROM OAK PARK ILLINOIS A MERE SEVEN YEARS AFTER THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE USSR
ADELE RICE [MRS OWEN R. RICE]
9885.99 USD

1920s ORIGINAL ARCHIVE OF DOCUMENTS, DRAFT NOVELS, MANUSCRIPTS AND OTHER RELATED EPHEMERA OF AN ENGLISHMAN LIVING IN NORTHERN ALBERTA WHO AUTHORED A NUMBER OF NOVELS BASED ON HIS EXPERIENCES AND OBSERVATIONS OF THE 'WILDERNESS TO THE EAST OF THE ROCKIES', TOM BROWN TIVEY
1920s ORIGINAL ARCHIVE OF DOCUMENTS, DRAFT NOVELS, MANUSCRIPTS AND OTHER RELATED EPHEMERA OF AN ENGLISHMAN LIVING IN NORTHERN ALBERTA WHO AUTHORED A NUMBER OF NOVELS BASED ON HIS EXPERIENCES AND OBSERVATIONS OF THE 'WILDERNESS TO THE EAST OF THE ROCKIES'
TOM BROWN TIVEY
6855.99 USD

1796 - 1801 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF THE NOTED BRITISH 4th BATTALION ROYAL REGIMENT OF ARTILLERY - OF WHICH PARTS WERE LATER PUBLISHED AS 'VOYAGE TO THE CAPE OF GOOD HOPE', RICHARD RENSHAW
1796 - 1801 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF THE NOTED BRITISH 4th BATTALION ROYAL REGIMENT OF ARTILLERY - OF WHICH PARTS WERE LATER PUBLISHED AS 'VOYAGE TO THE CAPE OF GOOD HOPE'
RICHARD RENSHAW
6255.99 USD

1864 - 1865 ORIGINAL, SIGNIFICANT CIVIL WAR MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF THE RENOWNED 'FIGHTING SECOND' NEW HAMPSHIRE REGIMENT HANDWRITTEN BY THEIR BELOVED CHAPLAIN AND BATTLE READY COMRADE, CHAPLAIN JOHN WESLEY ADAMS
1864 - 1865 ORIGINAL, SIGNIFICANT CIVIL WAR MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF THE RENOWNED 'FIGHTING SECOND' NEW HAMPSHIRE REGIMENT HANDWRITTEN BY THEIR BELOVED CHAPLAIN AND BATTLE READY COMRADE
CHAPLAIN JOHN WESLEY ADAMS
5855.99 USD

1830s SUPERB ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT BOOKS [2] AND HANDWRITTEN STUDY HIGHLIGHTING THE STATE OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN FRANCE IN THE EARLY 19TH CENTURY, 'S.B.' [?] and CLEMENTINE
1830s SUPERB ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT BOOKS [2] AND HANDWRITTEN STUDY HIGHLIGHTING THE STATE OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN FRANCE IN THE EARLY 19TH CENTURY
'S.B.' [?] and CLEMENTINE
6455.99 USD

c1990s ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER HANDWRITTEN BY ENGLAND'S MOST INFAMOUS SERIAL KILLER WHO INSPIRED THE CHARACTER HANNIBAL LECTER ADDRESSED TO THE ONE TIME LOVER OF ENGLAND'S MOST NOTORIOUS PRISON INMATE CHARLES BRONSON, ROBERT MAUDSLEY
c1990s ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER HANDWRITTEN BY ENGLAND'S MOST INFAMOUS SERIAL KILLER WHO INSPIRED THE CHARACTER HANNIBAL LECTER ADDRESSED TO THE ONE TIME LOVER OF ENGLAND'S MOST NOTORIOUS PRISON INMATE CHARLES BRONSON
ROBERT MAUDSLEY
6255.99 USD

1969 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT TRAVEL DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY ONE OF SAN FRANCISCO'S MOST FAMOUS POLITICIANS, RESTAURANTEURS, PHILANTHROPISTS AND DRAG QUEENS KNOWN AS THE GRAND MERE AND THE ABSOLUTE EMPRESS I OF SAN FRANCISCO, JOSE JULIO SARRIA
1969 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT TRAVEL DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY ONE OF SAN FRANCISCO'S MOST FAMOUS POLITICIANS, RESTAURANTEURS, PHILANTHROPISTS AND DRAG QUEENS KNOWN AS THE GRAND MERE AND THE ABSOLUTE EMPRESS I OF SAN FRANCISCO
JOSE JULIO SARRIA
3255.99 USD

1685 ORIGINAL ANCIENT ENGLISH ROYAL WARRANT HANDWRITTEN A MERE FOUR DAYS AFTER THE DEATH OF CHARLES II AND IN THE NAME OF THE NEW KING JAMES II GIFTS AND LARGESSE ARE SHOWERED ON HIS FAMILY AND RETAINERS, UNIDENTIFIED.
1685 ORIGINAL ANCIENT ENGLISH ROYAL WARRANT HANDWRITTEN A MERE FOUR DAYS AFTER THE DEATH OF CHARLES II AND IN THE NAME OF THE NEW KING JAMES II GIFTS AND LARGESSE ARE SHOWERED ON HIS FAMILY AND RETAINERS
UNIDENTIFIED.
8455.99 USD

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1893 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF AN EXTENDED AND COMPREHENSIVE VISIT TO THE COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION HANDWRITTEN BY A FUTURE AMERICAN PHILOSOPHER KING WITH A PENCHANT FOR WORLD'S FAIRS, WILLIAM E[RNEST] HOCKING
1893 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF AN EXTENDED AND COMPREHENSIVE VISIT TO THE COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION HANDWRITTEN BY A FUTURE AMERICAN PHILOSOPHER KING WITH A PENCHANT FOR WORLD'S FAIRS
WILLIAM E[RNEST] HOCKING
6955.99 USD

1788 ORIGINAL REVOLUTIONARY ERA BALTIMORE MARYLAND MANUSCRIPT LETTER AND INTERESTING PICTURE OF CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL MORES AND INCLINATIONS, JOSEPH ANGELS
1788 ORIGINAL REVOLUTIONARY ERA BALTIMORE MARYLAND MANUSCRIPT LETTER AND INTERESTING PICTURE OF CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL MORES AND INCLINATIONS
JOSEPH ANGELS
2255.99 USD

1949 ORIGINAL POST WAR MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A CHARMING RUSSIAN STUDIES SORORITY SISTER AND UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI COED, AN UNKNOWN COED AT OLE MISS
1949 ORIGINAL POST WAR MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A CHARMING RUSSIAN STUDIES SORORITY SISTER AND UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI COED
AN UNKNOWN COED AT OLE MISS
985.99 USD

1869 ORIGINAL RECONSTRUCTION ERA HANDWRITTEN PETITION AND PROTEST BY THE CITIZENS OF MADISON ALABAMA, 30 CITIZENS OF MADISON ALABAMA
1869 ORIGINAL RECONSTRUCTION ERA HANDWRITTEN PETITION AND PROTEST BY THE CITIZENS OF MADISON ALABAMA
30 CITIZENS OF MADISON ALABAMA
855.99 USD

1891 ORIGINAL GROUP OF THREE [3] MANUSCRIPT NOTEBOOKS FILLED WITH SOUTHERN COOKING LORE AND RECIPES HANDWRITTEN BY A DOTING BIRMINGHAM MOTHER DETERMINED TO SEND HER NORTH MOVING SON WITH GENERATIONS OF HER ALABAMA FAMILY’S SOUTHERN COMFORT AND CULINARIA, MRS. JENNIE M. DEVOL
1891 ORIGINAL GROUP OF THREE [3] MANUSCRIPT NOTEBOOKS FILLED WITH SOUTHERN COOKING LORE AND RECIPES HANDWRITTEN BY A DOTING BIRMINGHAM MOTHER DETERMINED TO SEND HER NORTH MOVING SON WITH GENERATIONS OF HER ALABAMA FAMILY’S SOUTHERN COMFORT AND CULINARIA
MRS. JENNIE M. DEVOL
6855.99 USD

1912 - 1918 ORIGINAL, UNIQUE TWO BATTLE FRONTS DIARY OF ONE MARINE'S SERVICE AT THE BATTLE AND SIEGE OF VERA CRUZ AND THEN THE MUDDY FIELDS OF FRANCE, HARRY HALL, 1st Marine Brigade
1912 - 1918 ORIGINAL, UNIQUE TWO BATTLE FRONTS DIARY OF ONE MARINE'S SERVICE AT THE BATTLE AND SIEGE OF VERA CRUZ AND THEN THE MUDDY FIELDS OF FRANCE
HARRY HALL, 1st Marine Brigade
5255.99 USD

1897 - 1910 ORIGINAL MODEST ARCHIVE OF CORRESPONDENCE AND EPHEMERA TO AND FROM THE HOWLE FAMILY OF WETUMPKA AND ECLECTIC ALABAMA, HOWLE FAMILY et al
1897 - 1910 ORIGINAL MODEST ARCHIVE OF CORRESPONDENCE AND EPHEMERA TO AND FROM THE HOWLE FAMILY OF WETUMPKA AND ECLECTIC ALABAMA
HOWLE FAMILY et al
1655.99 USD

1951 - 1952 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT TRAVEL DIARY OF A 10,000 MILE EPIC JOURNEY BY TRUCK FROM EUROPE TO SOUTH AFRICA HANDWRITTEN BY A 17 YEAR OLD GIRL MAKING THE TRANS CONTINENTAL TREK WITH HER 20 YEAR OLD BROTHER, SYLVIA BOND-SMITH, [DEREK BOND-SMITH]
1951 - 1952 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT TRAVEL DIARY OF A 10,000 MILE EPIC JOURNEY BY TRUCK FROM EUROPE TO SOUTH AFRICA HANDWRITTEN BY A 17 YEAR OLD GIRL MAKING THE TRANS CONTINENTAL TREK WITH HER 20 YEAR OLD BROTHER
SYLVIA BOND-SMITH, [DEREK BOND-SMITH]
9855.99 USD

1920s ORIGINAL ARCHIVE OF DOCUMENTS, DRAFT NOVELS, MANUSCRIPTS AND OTHER RELATED EPHEMERA OF AN ENGLISHMAN LIVING IN NORTHERN ALBERTA WHO AUTHORED A NUMBER OF NOVELS BASED ON HIS EXPERIENCES AND OBSERVATIONS OF THE 'WILDERNESS TO THE EAST OF THE ROCKIES', TOM BROWN TIVEY
1920s ORIGINAL ARCHIVE OF DOCUMENTS, DRAFT NOVELS, MANUSCRIPTS AND OTHER RELATED EPHEMERA OF AN ENGLISHMAN LIVING IN NORTHERN ALBERTA WHO AUTHORED A NUMBER OF NOVELS BASED ON HIS EXPERIENCES AND OBSERVATIONS OF THE 'WILDERNESS TO THE EAST OF THE ROCKIES'
TOM BROWN TIVEY
6855.99 USD

1907 ORIGINAL PAIR [2] OF MANUSCRIPT LETTERS HANDWRITTEN BY AN AFRICAN AMERICAN PROFESSOR OF MATHEMATICS AND MORAL AND MENTAL SCIENCE DETAILING HIS DEDICATED EFFORTS TO BRING MORE STUDENTS TO THE UNIVERSITY, PROFESSOR S. R. W. SMITH
1907 ORIGINAL PAIR [2] OF MANUSCRIPT LETTERS HANDWRITTEN BY AN AFRICAN AMERICAN PROFESSOR OF MATHEMATICS AND MORAL AND MENTAL SCIENCE DETAILING HIS DEDICATED EFFORTS TO BRING MORE STUDENTS TO THE UNIVERSITY
PROFESSOR S. R. W. SMITH
2055.99 USD

1888 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER HANDWRITTEN BY THE NOTED PRESIDENT OF TALLADEGA COLLEGE AND THE FATHER OF THE FATHER OF RADIO, HENRY S. DeFOREST
1888 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER HANDWRITTEN BY THE NOTED PRESIDENT OF TALLADEGA COLLEGE AND THE FATHER OF THE FATHER OF RADIO
HENRY S. DeFOREST
1355.99 USD

1861 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER HANDWRITTEN BY A CONNECTICT VOLUNTEER SOLDIER IN WASHINGTON RELATING TO HIS UNCLE HIS OBSERVATIONS AND EXPERIENCES WHILE TRAVELING THROUGH BALTIMORE AND MARYLAND TO 'JEERS AND CHEERS' ON TO CAMP BUCKINGHAM, PVT. ELISHA NEWELL
1861 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER HANDWRITTEN BY A CONNECTICT VOLUNTEER SOLDIER IN WASHINGTON RELATING TO HIS UNCLE HIS OBSERVATIONS AND EXPERIENCES WHILE TRAVELING THROUGH BALTIMORE AND MARYLAND TO 'JEERS AND CHEERS' ON TO CAMP BUCKINGHAM
PVT. ELISHA NEWELL
1295.99 USD

 

 

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