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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
1893 MANUSCRIPT LEDGER OF MINUTES, MEMBERS, MEETINGS AND PROCEDURES OF THE ORIGINAL AMERICAN SECRET FRATERNAL SOCIETY FORMED TO HONOR THE NATIVE INDIANS THAT ASSISTED THE AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARIES AGAINST ENGLAND: THE IMPROVED ORDER OF THE RED MEN
ROBERT B. WRIGHT et al MEMBERS OF THE KITCHAWAU TRIBE
5855.99 USD

1902 - 1904 ORIGINAL, SUPERB, ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A WELL READ, ERUDITE YOUNG BIRACIAL JAMAICAN BORN AFRICAN AMERICAN SERVANT GIRL DETAILING HER LIFE WORKING FOR A PROMINENT PENNSYLVANIA FAMILY, VENECIA TAYLOR
1902 - 1904 ORIGINAL, SUPERB, ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A WELL READ, ERUDITE YOUNG BIRACIAL JAMAICAN BORN AFRICAN AMERICAN SERVANT GIRL DETAILING HER LIFE WORKING FOR A PROMINENT PENNSYLVANIA FAMILY
VENECIA TAYLOR
8255.99 USD

1944 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A VERY CAPABLE WOMAN SUFFERING THROUGH THE MECHANICS OF A LOVE TRIANGLE WHILE DEATH RAINS FROM THE SKY DURING THE SUMMER OF THE BUZZ BOMB AND HITLER'S V1 CAMPAIGN TO TERRORIZE ENGLAND & BREAK BRITAIN'S SPIRIT, UNIDENTIFIED.
1944 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A VERY CAPABLE WOMAN SUFFERING THROUGH THE MECHANICS OF A LOVE TRIANGLE WHILE DEATH RAINS FROM THE SKY DURING THE SUMMER OF THE BUZZ BOMB AND HITLER'S V1 CAMPAIGN TO TERRORIZE ENGLAND & BREAK BRITAIN'S SPIRIT
UNIDENTIFIED.
3855.99 USD

1941 - 1945 ORIGINAL GROUP OF MANUSCRIPT DIARIES [7] AND NOTEBOOK [1] DETAILING THE SERVICE, DUTIES AND SOMETIMES EXTREME OPINIONS OF AN OFFICER OF THE STORIED USS RANGER, AMERICA'S FIRST TRUE AIRCRAFT CARRIER, LIEUTENANT HENRY CABELL MADDUX, JR., USN
1941 - 1945 ORIGINAL GROUP OF MANUSCRIPT DIARIES [7] AND NOTEBOOK [1] DETAILING THE SERVICE, DUTIES AND SOMETIMES EXTREME OPINIONS OF AN OFFICER OF THE STORIED USS RANGER, AMERICA'S FIRST TRUE AIRCRAFT CARRIER
LIEUTENANT HENRY CABELL MADDUX, JR., USN
4255.99 USD

1786 ORIGINAL NAIVE MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A VERY ACTIVE FARMER, TIMBERMAN AND JURY MAN ON THE NORTH SHORE OF LONG ISLAND SOUND, JAMES BLAKEMAN, [sometimes BLACKMAN]
1786 ORIGINAL NAIVE MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A VERY ACTIVE FARMER, TIMBERMAN AND JURY MAN ON THE NORTH SHORE OF LONG ISLAND SOUND
JAMES BLAKEMAN, [sometimes BLACKMAN]
3055.99 USD

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

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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

1902 - 1905 ORIGINAL, SIGNIFICANT MANUSCRIPT DIARY DESCRIBING LIFE IN APPALACHIA AROUND THE SUGARLANDS HANDWRITTEN AND WONDERFULLY ILLUSTRATED BY A HIGHLY INTELLIGENT, MILL SUPERVISOR WITH A POETIC SOUL HAVING THE MOST EVENTFUL YEAR OF HIS LIFE, FRANK J. LECHNER
1902 - 1905 ORIGINAL, SIGNIFICANT MANUSCRIPT DIARY DESCRIBING LIFE IN APPALACHIA AROUND THE SUGARLANDS HANDWRITTEN AND WONDERFULLY ILLUSTRATED BY A HIGHLY INTELLIGENT, MILL SUPERVISOR WITH A POETIC SOUL HAVING THE MOST EVENTFUL YEAR OF HIS LIFE
FRANK J. LECHNER
9955.99 USD

1834 + 1837 ORIGINAL GROUP OF FIVE [5] LETTERS HANDWRITTEN BY A YOUNG MASSACHUSETTS MAN SEEKING INVESTMENT AND EMPLOYMENT IN ALABAMA  ONLY TO MAKE AN ILL ADVISED MOVE TO TEXAS, HENRY GUEST BLISS
1834 + 1837 ORIGINAL GROUP OF FIVE [5] LETTERS HANDWRITTEN BY A YOUNG MASSACHUSETTS MAN SEEKING INVESTMENT AND EMPLOYMENT IN ALABAMA ONLY TO MAKE AN ILL ADVISED MOVE TO TEXAS
HENRY GUEST BLISS
2255.99 USD

1944 - 1946 ORIGINAL ARCHIVE OF 150+ MANUSCRIPT LETTERS  HANDWRITTEN BY AN ADORING BALTIMORE HOMEMAKER WORSHIPPING HER HUSBAND FROM AFAR KEEPING UP HEARTH, HOME AND THEIR HAPPY BABY UNTIL HE RETURNS, DORIS TIBBELS
1944 - 1946 ORIGINAL ARCHIVE OF 150+ MANUSCRIPT LETTERS HANDWRITTEN BY AN ADORING BALTIMORE HOMEMAKER WORSHIPPING HER HUSBAND FROM AFAR KEEPING UP HEARTH, HOME AND THEIR HAPPY BABY UNTIL HE RETURNS
DORIS TIBBELS
2055.99 USD

1850s ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT BOOK OF GLASSMAKING RECIPES, PROCEDURES AND FORMULAES, UNIDENTIFIED.
1850s ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT BOOK OF GLASSMAKING RECIPES, PROCEDURES AND FORMULAES
UNIDENTIFIED.
3855.99 USD

1941 + 1945 ORIGINAL PAIR [2] OF MANUSCRIPT DIARIES HANDWRITTEN BY A JEWISH HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR, THEN COLLEGE FRESHMAN AND 3 YEARS AND ONE WAR LATER A MAN SEARCHING THE FLESHPOTS OF ASIA AND RAINING DEATH ON AMERICA'S ENEMIES, SIDNEY SCHULMAN
1941 + 1945 ORIGINAL PAIR [2] OF MANUSCRIPT DIARIES HANDWRITTEN BY A JEWISH HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR, THEN COLLEGE FRESHMAN AND 3 YEARS AND ONE WAR LATER A MAN SEARCHING THE FLESHPOTS OF ASIA AND RAINING DEATH ON AMERICA'S ENEMIES
SIDNEY SCHULMAN
3855.99 USD

1880s - 1906 ORIGINAL PAIR OF OF ENGLISH COOKBOOKS WITH RECIPES FROM THE VICTORIAN ERA THROUGH TO EDWARDIAN TIMES, UNIDENTIFIED.
1880s - 1906 ORIGINAL PAIR OF OF ENGLISH COOKBOOKS WITH RECIPES FROM THE VICTORIAN ERA THROUGH TO EDWARDIAN TIMES
UNIDENTIFIED.
1655.99 USD

 

 

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