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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
1895 - 1930s SUPER, ORIGINAL ARCHIVE OF LETTERS, DOCUMENTS AND EPHEMERA BY AN EARLY SETTLER OF TITUSVILLE AND CAPE CANAVERAL FLORIDA, THOMAS Y. KING, ARTHUR KING
1895 - 1930s SUPER, ORIGINAL ARCHIVE OF LETTERS, DOCUMENTS AND EPHEMERA BY AN EARLY SETTLER OF TITUSVILLE AND CAPE CANAVERAL FLORIDA
THOMAS Y. KING, ARTHUR KING
4485.99 USD

1890 SUPER, ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL OF A 3 WEEK CRUISE ON A 'MONKEY BOAT' THROUGH SOUTHERN ENGLAND'S SADLY DECLINING INLAND WATERWAYS AND CANAL SYSTEM AS RAILROADS BEGIN TO OVERTAKE BOATING, "RUTLAND BLEIGN" (?)
1890 SUPER, ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL OF A 3 WEEK CRUISE ON A 'MONKEY BOAT' THROUGH SOUTHERN ENGLAND'S SADLY DECLINING INLAND WATERWAYS AND CANAL SYSTEM AS RAILROADS BEGIN TO OVERTAKE BOATING
"RUTLAND BLEIGN" (?)
4585.99 USD

1894 - 1896 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT CRUISE NOTES OF THE NOTED USS NEW YORK WHILE COMMANDED BY THE RENOWNED 'FIGHTING BOB' EVANS HANDWRITTEN BY A YOUNG NAVAL CADET WHO WOULD ONE DAY COMMAND THE USS MAINE AND BE AWARDED THE NAVY CROSS, ROSCOE CHARLES MOODY, U.S.N. ENGINEER DIVISION
1894 - 1896 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT CRUISE NOTES OF THE NOTED USS NEW YORK WHILE COMMANDED BY THE RENOWNED 'FIGHTING BOB' EVANS HANDWRITTEN BY A YOUNG NAVAL CADET WHO WOULD ONE DAY COMMAND THE USS MAINE AND BE AWARDED THE NAVY CROSS
ROSCOE CHARLES MOODY, U.S.N. ENGINEER DIVISION
3655.99 USD

1896 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A YOUNG MUSLIM MAN WHO WITNESSES THE DEATH OF HIS FATHER AT THE HANDS OF THE SULTAN'S SOLDIERS, HIS MOTHER BY ROBBERS AND HIS SUBSEQUENT ENSLAVEMENT AS A GUNMAKER AND TRAINING AT AMERICA'S WINCHESTER ARMS FACTORY, UNKNOWN.
1896 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A YOUNG MUSLIM MAN WHO WITNESSES THE DEATH OF HIS FATHER AT THE HANDS OF THE SULTAN'S SOLDIERS, HIS MOTHER BY ROBBERS AND HIS SUBSEQUENT ENSLAVEMENT AS A GUNMAKER AND TRAINING AT AMERICA'S WINCHESTER ARMS FACTORY
UNKNOWN.
19255.99 USD

1763 - 1764 SUPERB, ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF HER LIFE AND JOURNAL OF HER RELIGIOUS TURMOIL AND DESPAIR HANDWRITTEN BY THE SOON TO BE WIFE OF A NOTED ENGLISH CLERGYMAN, ELIZABETH KINGSLEY [later SYMONDS]
1763 - 1764 SUPERB, ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF HER LIFE AND JOURNAL OF HER RELIGIOUS TURMOIL AND DESPAIR HANDWRITTEN BY THE SOON TO BE WIFE OF A NOTED ENGLISH CLERGYMAN
ELIZABETH KINGSLEY [later SYMONDS]
6585.99 USD

1990s HUGE ARCHIVE OF HANDWRITTEN LETTERS, POETRY, DRAWINGS AND EPHEMERA OF BRITAIN'S MOST FEARED AND NOTORIOUS AUTHOR, ARTIST, KIDNAPPER, ARMED ROBBER, PHYSICAL FITNESS EXPERT, LONG TIME PRISON INMATE AND SELF CLAIMED 'MAD MAN', CHARLES BRONSON aka MICHAEL PETERSON aka CHARLES SALVADOR
1990s HUGE ARCHIVE OF HANDWRITTEN LETTERS, POETRY, DRAWINGS AND EPHEMERA OF BRITAIN'S MOST FEARED AND NOTORIOUS AUTHOR, ARTIST, KIDNAPPER, ARMED ROBBER, PHYSICAL FITNESS EXPERT, LONG TIME PRISON INMATE AND SELF CLAIMED 'MAD MAN'
CHARLES BRONSON aka MICHAEL PETERSON aka CHARLES SALVADOR
35585.99 USD

1952 ARCHIVE OF ORIGINAL COLOR STEREOVIEW POSITIVES OF THE REMARKABLE AND STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL MARILYN MONROE DURING A BROADCAST OF EDGAR BERGEN AND CHARLIE MCCARTHY'S RADIO SHOW, ZENO KLINKER
1952 ARCHIVE OF ORIGINAL COLOR STEREOVIEW POSITIVES OF THE REMARKABLE AND STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL MARILYN MONROE DURING A BROADCAST OF EDGAR BERGEN AND CHARLIE MCCARTHY'S RADIO SHOW
ZENO KLINKER
32855.99 USD

1943 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF ONE BRITISH GUNNER'S MISERABLE 6 MONTHS IN DIEGO SUAREZ MADAGASCAR, GUNNER C.J. WALLACE O.F.C. 1612928
1943 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF ONE BRITISH GUNNER'S MISERABLE 6 MONTHS IN DIEGO SUAREZ MADAGASCAR
GUNNER C.J. WALLACE O.F.C. 1612928
3585.99 USD

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1950s ORIGINAL GROUP OF 200+ LETTERS, PHOTOGRAPHS AND EPHEMERA COMPILED BY AN AMERICAN NAVY CAPTAIN INVOLVED IN OPERATION STRIKE BACK WITH THE BARELY OUT OF IT'S INFANCY NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION [NATO], CAPTAIN HAROLD B. SAY et al
1950s ORIGINAL GROUP OF 200+ LETTERS, PHOTOGRAPHS AND EPHEMERA COMPILED BY AN AMERICAN NAVY CAPTAIN INVOLVED IN OPERATION STRIKE BACK WITH THE BARELY OUT OF IT'S INFANCY NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION [NATO]
CAPTAIN HAROLD B. SAY et al
4455.99 USD

1960s FASCINATING, ORIGINAL GROUP OF DOCUMENTS, LETTERS AND EPHEMERA HANDWRITTEN AND COMPILED BY AN IMMINENT SATURN AND APOLLO ROCKET SCIENTIST RECRUITED BY WERNHER VON BRAUN, JESCO VON PUTTKAMER et al
1960s FASCINATING, ORIGINAL GROUP OF DOCUMENTS, LETTERS AND EPHEMERA HANDWRITTEN AND COMPILED BY AN IMMINENT SATURN AND APOLLO ROCKET SCIENTIST RECRUITED BY WERNHER VON BRAUN
JESCO VON PUTTKAMER et al
2855.99 USD

1960s ORIGINAL RELIC OF THE APOLLO SPACE PROGRAM: APOLLO 10 PRESS KIT OF ROCKET SCIENTIST JESCO VON PUTTKAMER, JESCO VON PUTTKAMER et al
1960s ORIGINAL RELIC OF THE APOLLO SPACE PROGRAM: APOLLO 10 PRESS KIT OF ROCKET SCIENTIST JESCO VON PUTTKAMER
JESCO VON PUTTKAMER et al
1285.99 USD

1884 - 1889  ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY AND LOG BOOKS [2] HANDWRITTEN FROM THE UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE OF THE COMMANDER'S STEWARD OF THE RENOWNED HMS DREADNOUGHT, J.W. SYKES
1884 - 1889 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY AND LOG BOOKS [2] HANDWRITTEN FROM THE UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE OF THE COMMANDER'S STEWARD OF THE RENOWNED HMS DREADNOUGHT
J.W. SYKES
5455.99 USD

1919 - 1922 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY AND LOG BOOK OF A BUSY HUNTER, TRAPPER AND FISHERMAN PLYING HIS TRADE ON THE ALASKAN PENINSULA, UNIDENTIFIED.
1919 - 1922 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY AND LOG BOOK OF A BUSY HUNTER, TRAPPER AND FISHERMAN PLYING HIS TRADE ON THE ALASKAN PENINSULA
UNIDENTIFIED.
5455.99 USD

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

1950s to 1960s ORIGINAL MEMORY BOOK AND LETTER COPY BOOK OF A VIET CONG SOLDIER LEAVING HIS FRIENDS FOR THE WAR IN THE SOUTH, Đang Van Xuân [MAO] et al
1950s to 1960s ORIGINAL MEMORY BOOK AND LETTER COPY BOOK OF A VIET CONG SOLDIER LEAVING HIS FRIENDS FOR THE WAR IN THE SOUTH
Đang Van Xuân [MAO] et al
2455.99 USD

1862 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER HANDWRITTEN BY BALTIMORE BASED COUSIN CHAS REPORTING ON THE LOCAL BALTIMORE NEWS AND POLITICS OF THE DAY INCLUDING REBELS 'HOOKING UP' WITH THE LADIES, COUSIN CHAS
1862 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER HANDWRITTEN BY BALTIMORE BASED COUSIN CHAS REPORTING ON THE LOCAL BALTIMORE NEWS AND POLITICS OF THE DAY INCLUDING REBELS 'HOOKING UP' WITH THE LADIES
COUSIN CHAS
2055.99 USD

1924 - 1953 ORIGINAL GROUP OF 15 MANUSCRIPT DIARIES HANDWRITTEN BY A FASHION FORWARD SUFFRAGE ERA BRIGHTON GIRL WHO EVOLVES INTO A DUTIFUL 1950s WIFE, MAISIE SHEPHERD KINGSLEY, MRS. HARRY NORMAN SHEPHERD
1924 - 1953 ORIGINAL GROUP OF 15 MANUSCRIPT DIARIES HANDWRITTEN BY A FASHION FORWARD SUFFRAGE ERA BRIGHTON GIRL WHO EVOLVES INTO A DUTIFUL 1950s WIFE
MAISIE SHEPHERD KINGSLEY, MRS. HARRY NORMAN SHEPHERD
2855.99 USD

1890s MANUSCRIPT TRANSCRIPTION OF HER OWN 1855 TRAVEL JOURNAL FROM BOSTON TO CHILE AND HER FRIEND'S LOG OF THE SAME TRIP IN 1854, ELIZABETH LEONARD, CAPTAIN OLIVER LANE Jr.
1890s MANUSCRIPT TRANSCRIPTION OF HER OWN 1855 TRAVEL JOURNAL FROM BOSTON TO CHILE AND HER FRIEND'S LOG OF THE SAME TRIP IN 1854
ELIZABETH LEONARD, CAPTAIN OLIVER LANE Jr.
2255.99 USD

c1935 - 1950s ORIGINAL GROUP OF 120+ MANUSCRIPT LETTERS AND EPHEMERA OF A BALTIMORE MAN OF MANY PARTS: HUSBAND, FATHER, STEAMSHIP DECK ENGINEER, SEAMAN'S UNION REPRESENTATIVE, SHIP BOARD NEGOTIATOR AND LABOR ACTIVIST, to/from FRANKLIN J. SCHOFIELD, DECK ENGINEER et al
c1935 - 1950s ORIGINAL GROUP OF 120+ MANUSCRIPT LETTERS AND EPHEMERA OF A BALTIMORE MAN OF MANY PARTS: HUSBAND, FATHER, STEAMSHIP DECK ENGINEER, SEAMAN'S UNION REPRESENTATIVE, SHIP BOARD NEGOTIATOR AND LABOR ACTIVIST
to/from FRANKLIN J. SCHOFIELD, DECK ENGINEER et al
3285.99 USD

1932 - 1936 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT 5-YEAR DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A WEST COAST NAVY WIFE DUTIFULLY AND DELIGHTFULLY FOLLOWING HER HUSBAND FROM SAN DIEGO CALIFORNIA TO BREMERTON WASHINGTON AND BACK, UNIDENTIFIED.
1932 - 1936 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT 5-YEAR DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A WEST COAST NAVY WIFE DUTIFULLY AND DELIGHTFULLY FOLLOWING HER HUSBAND FROM SAN DIEGO CALIFORNIA TO BREMERTON WASHINGTON AND BACK
UNIDENTIFIED.
2255.99 USD

 

 

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