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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
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

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

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1983 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN ABOARD THE NOTED HMS FEARLESS CRUISING TO TORTOLA PROVING MIDSHIPMAN EVEN 100s OF YEARS SEPARATED BY TIME ARE STILL MUCH THE SAME SINCE THE AGE OF SAIL, TIM DEWING, MIDSHIPMAN
1983 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN ABOARD THE NOTED HMS FEARLESS CRUISING TO TORTOLA PROVING MIDSHIPMAN EVEN 100s OF YEARS SEPARATED BY TIME ARE STILL MUCH THE SAME SINCE THE AGE OF SAIL
TIM DEWING, MIDSHIPMAN
1755.99 USD

1803 - 1805 ORIGINAL NELSON ERA MANUSCRIPT CYPHER AND EXERCISE BOOK BELONGING TO A ROYAL NAVY MIDSHIPMAN ABOARD A STORIED SHIP WHILE THE ENGLISH BLOCKADE BREST AND PLAY CAT AND MOUSE WITH THE FRENCH FLEET, JAMES MAURICE SHIPTON, MIDSHIPMAN
1803 - 1805 ORIGINAL NELSON ERA MANUSCRIPT CYPHER AND EXERCISE BOOK BELONGING TO A ROYAL NAVY MIDSHIPMAN ABOARD A STORIED SHIP WHILE THE ENGLISH BLOCKADE BREST AND PLAY CAT AND MOUSE WITH THE FRENCH FLEET
JAMES MAURICE SHIPTON, MIDSHIPMAN
5855.99 USD

1915 ORIGINAL EXPEDITION JOURNAL AND TRAVEL SCRAPBOOK TO WEST AFRICA AND THE ISLANDS OFF THE WEST COAST FOR HIS DAUGHTER RUTHIE HANDWRITTEN AND COMPILED BY A TRUE RENAISSANCE MAN WITH THE BACKDROP OF WWI LOOMING, CHARLES WELLINGTON FURLONG
1915 ORIGINAL EXPEDITION JOURNAL AND TRAVEL SCRAPBOOK TO WEST AFRICA AND THE ISLANDS OFF THE WEST COAST FOR HIS DAUGHTER RUTHIE HANDWRITTEN AND COMPILED BY A TRUE RENAISSANCE MAN WITH THE BACKDROP OF WWI LOOMING
CHARLES WELLINGTON FURLONG
6655.99 USD

c1895 'ETRETAT: HAMLET OF THE SETTING SUN - A NORMAN VILLAGE AND ITS SURROUNDINGS' WITH 11 ORIGINAL WATERCOLOUR DRAWINGS BY BACON, HENRY BACON
c1895 'ETRETAT: HAMLET OF THE SETTING SUN - A NORMAN VILLAGE AND ITS SURROUNDINGS' WITH 11 ORIGINAL WATERCOLOUR DRAWINGS BY BACON
HENRY BACON
8385.99 USD

1942 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF A CANADIAN ARMY LAWYER IN NEWFOUNDLAND DEALING WITH UNIQUE HOMEFRONT ISSUES, ROBERT SHELDRICK
1942 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF A CANADIAN ARMY LAWYER IN NEWFOUNDLAND DEALING WITH UNIQUE HOMEFRONT ISSUES
ROBERT SHELDRICK
4855.99 USD

1919 ORIGINAL, MASSIVE MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF A YOUNG MAN, ALREADY AN OLD SALT, WHO PINES FOR A SHIP AFTER SERVING IN THE NAVY AND WHO ONE DAY GOES ON TO WRITE ABOUT THE SEA, ARTHUR GORDON aka ARTHUR SHIRT
1919 ORIGINAL, MASSIVE MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF A YOUNG MAN, ALREADY AN OLD SALT, WHO PINES FOR A SHIP AFTER SERVING IN THE NAVY AND WHO ONE DAY GOES ON TO WRITE ABOUT THE SEA
ARTHUR GORDON aka ARTHUR SHIRT
6955.99 USD

1818 SUPERB, ORIGINAL 600+ PAGE FRENCH MANUSCRIPT BOOK OF COMPLEX AND ADVANCED MATHEMATICS, GEOMETRY, STATISTICS, NAVIGATION AND MORE BEAUTIFULLY EXECUTED AND LITTERED WITH 100s OF DRAWINGS, GRAPHS AND CHARTS, G I N
1818 SUPERB, ORIGINAL 600+ PAGE FRENCH MANUSCRIPT BOOK OF COMPLEX AND ADVANCED MATHEMATICS, GEOMETRY, STATISTICS, NAVIGATION AND MORE BEAUTIFULLY EXECUTED AND LITTERED WITH 100s OF DRAWINGS, GRAPHS AND CHARTS
G I N
8855.99 USD

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
1155.99 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

 

 

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