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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
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

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

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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

1843 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A 13 YEAR OLD BOY TRAVERSING THE HUSDON RIVER WHILE APPRENTICED TO THE CAPTAIN OF THE MERCHANT SHIP 'KENTUCKY', J.P. WITBECK
1843 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A 13 YEAR OLD BOY TRAVERSING THE HUSDON RIVER WHILE APPRENTICED TO THE CAPTAIN OF THE MERCHANT SHIP 'KENTUCKY'
J.P. WITBECK
4955.99 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

1888 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER HANDWRITTEN BY AN ALABAMA MAN 'WEDDED' TO OLD SOUTHERN THEOLOGICAL DOGMA NOW SEEKING SPIRITUAL ENLIGHTENMENT FROM A MADISON COUNTY MEDIUM, W.R. ELLIS
1888 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER HANDWRITTEN BY AN ALABAMA MAN 'WEDDED' TO OLD SOUTHERN THEOLOGICAL DOGMA NOW SEEKING SPIRITUAL ENLIGHTENMENT FROM A MADISON COUNTY MEDIUM
W.R. ELLIS
955.99 USD

1843 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER HANDWRITTEN BY AN ALABAMA BASED HUSBAND IN NO RUSH AT ALL TO  REUNITE WITH HIS TERMAGANT WIFE IN MISSISSIPPI, MR. REAVIS
1843 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER HANDWRITTEN BY AN ALABAMA BASED HUSBAND IN NO RUSH AT ALL TO REUNITE WITH HIS TERMAGANT WIFE IN MISSISSIPPI
MR. REAVIS
1255.99 USD

1844 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER HANDWRITTEN BY A HUNTSVILLE ALABAMA MAN KEEPING UP WITH HIS FRIEND IN MISSISSIPPI, JAMES RAGSDALE
1844 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER HANDWRITTEN BY A HUNTSVILLE ALABAMA MAN KEEPING UP WITH HIS FRIEND IN MISSISSIPPI
JAMES RAGSDALE
985.99 USD

 

 

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