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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
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

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

c1896 ORIGINAL TYPED AND HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT STUDY OF ADVANCED HIGHLY TECHNICAL COMPLEX MATHEMATICS BY A PRODIGY WHO WOULD DIE WITHIN THE YEAR AT THE AGE OF 23, JOSEPH GERMAIN CHARLES COTTIER
c1896 ORIGINAL TYPED AND HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT STUDY OF ADVANCED HIGHLY TECHNICAL COMPLEX MATHEMATICS BY A PRODIGY WHO WOULD DIE WITHIN THE YEAR AT THE AGE OF 23
JOSEPH GERMAIN CHARLES COTTIER
5255.99 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

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1828 - 1835 SUPERB, ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT JOURNALS [3] AND RELICS OF GEORGIAN ERA ART, SHIP BUILDING AND MARINE COMMERCE DELIGHTFULLY ILLUSTRATED BY A MASTER DESIGNER OF FIGUREHEADS AND SHIPS, KELSICK WOOD
1828 - 1835 SUPERB, ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT JOURNALS [3] AND RELICS OF GEORGIAN ERA ART, SHIP BUILDING AND MARINE COMMERCE DELIGHTFULLY ILLUSTRATED BY A MASTER DESIGNER OF FIGUREHEADS AND SHIPS
KELSICK WOOD
25855.99 USD

1852 ORIGINAL, SUPERB RELIC OF HIS LOVE AND SIGNIFICANT MANUSCRIPT DOCUMENT 'LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT' OF PRINCE ALBERT, THE LOVING HUSBAND AND CONFIDANT OF QUEEN VICTORIA, ONE OF THE MOST BELOVED AND REVERED MONARCHS TO EVER RULE, PRINCE ALBERT [FRANCIS ALBERT AUGUSTUS CHARLES EMMANUEL]
1852 ORIGINAL, SUPERB RELIC OF HIS LOVE AND SIGNIFICANT MANUSCRIPT DOCUMENT 'LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT' OF PRINCE ALBERT, THE LOVING HUSBAND AND CONFIDANT OF QUEEN VICTORIA, ONE OF THE MOST BELOVED AND REVERED MONARCHS TO EVER RULE
PRINCE ALBERT [FRANCIS ALBERT AUGUSTUS CHARLES EMMANUEL]
3355.99 USD

1815 - 1820 ORIGINAL, FASCINATING, MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL HANDWRITTEN BY A YOUNG  POLITICALLY ENGAGED, VIRULENTLY ANTI SLAVERY ENGLISHMAN TRAVELING IN POST WAR OF 1812 AMERICA SEEING SLAVERY FIRST-HAND, MEETING THE VICE PRESIDENT AND WITNESSING CONGRESS, JOEL CADBURY
1815 - 1820 ORIGINAL, FASCINATING, MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL HANDWRITTEN BY A YOUNG POLITICALLY ENGAGED, VIRULENTLY ANTI SLAVERY ENGLISHMAN TRAVELING IN POST WAR OF 1812 AMERICA SEEING SLAVERY FIRST-HAND, MEETING THE VICE PRESIDENT AND WITNESSING CONGRESS
JOEL CADBURY
22855.99 USD

1905 ORIGINAL, SUPERB FRENCH NAVY FUTURE LEGION OF HONOUR WINNER MIDSHIPMAN'S LOGBOOK IN A CONFIDENT HAND AND BEAUTIFULLY EXECUTED WITH HAND DRAWN AND COLOURED MAPS, HIPPOLYTE JOSEPH VIAL
1905 ORIGINAL, SUPERB FRENCH NAVY FUTURE LEGION OF HONOUR WINNER MIDSHIPMAN'S LOGBOOK IN A CONFIDENT HAND AND BEAUTIFULLY EXECUTED WITH HAND DRAWN AND COLOURED MAPS
HIPPOLYTE JOSEPH VIAL
5455.99 USD

c1896 ORIGINAL TYPED AND HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT STUDY OF ADVANCED HIGHLY TECHNICAL COMPLEX MATHEMATICS BY A PRODIGY WHO WOULD DIE WITHIN THE YEAR AT THE AGE OF 23, JOSEPH GERMAIN CHARLES COTTIER
c1896 ORIGINAL TYPED AND HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT STUDY OF ADVANCED HIGHLY TECHNICAL COMPLEX MATHEMATICS BY A PRODIGY WHO WOULD DIE WITHIN THE YEAR AT THE AGE OF 23
JOSEPH GERMAIN CHARLES COTTIER
5255.99 USD

1935 - 1947 ORIGINAL GROUP INCLUDING LOGS AND SCRAPBOOK OF THE NOTED RACING SCHOONER THE 'MISTRESS', GEORGE EMLEN ROOSEVELT
1935 - 1947 ORIGINAL GROUP INCLUDING LOGS AND SCRAPBOOK OF THE NOTED RACING SCHOONER THE 'MISTRESS'
GEORGE EMLEN ROOSEVELT
2455.99 USD

1934 + 1935 ORIGINAL PAIR OF MANUSCRIPT DIARIES HANDWRITTEN BY A 24 YEAR OLD SWEDISH AMERICAN WHO IS A YOUNG SAILOR BUT AN OLD SALT DESCRIBING IN WONDERFUL DETAIL ABOUT LIFE ON AND BELOW DECKS, HALVAR 'HAL' LINDGREN
1934 + 1935 ORIGINAL PAIR OF MANUSCRIPT DIARIES HANDWRITTEN BY A 24 YEAR OLD SWEDISH AMERICAN WHO IS A YOUNG SAILOR BUT AN OLD SALT DESCRIBING IN WONDERFUL DETAIL ABOUT LIFE ON AND BELOW DECKS
HALVAR 'HAL' LINDGREN
5855.99 USD

1865 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT PAIR [2] OF HANDWRITTEN LETTERS EXHAUSTIVELY DETAILING HIS LIFE AND KEEN EYED VIEW OF CHINA, HONG KONG AND US RELATIONS BY AMERICA'S CONSUL TO CHINA, DR. I.J. ALLEN
1865 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT PAIR [2] OF HANDWRITTEN LETTERS EXHAUSTIVELY DETAILING HIS LIFE AND KEEN EYED VIEW OF CHINA, HONG KONG AND US RELATIONS BY AMERICA'S CONSUL TO CHINA
DR. I.J. ALLEN
6255.99 USD

1849 - 1868 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTERS COPY BOOK AND JOURNAL HANDWRITTEN BY ONE OF HOLLAND'S PRE EMINENT SURGICAL INSTRUMENT MAKERS, JULIUS THEODOOR LEOPOLD HOEFFTCKE
1849 - 1868 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTERS COPY BOOK AND JOURNAL HANDWRITTEN BY ONE OF HOLLAND'S PRE EMINENT SURGICAL INSTRUMENT MAKERS
JULIUS THEODOOR LEOPOLD HOEFFTCKE
9255.99 USD

1899 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL OF FRENCH WEAVING TECHNOLOGY AT THE TURN OF THE 20TH CENTURY, G. PAUT
1899 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL OF FRENCH WEAVING TECHNOLOGY AT THE TURN OF THE 20TH CENTURY
G. PAUT
2055.99 USD

1859 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A WEALTHY FAMILY SCION OF HARTFORD CONNECTICUT, EDWARD W. WELLS
1859 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A WEALTHY FAMILY SCION OF HARTFORD CONNECTICUT
EDWARD W. WELLS
2255.99 USD

1856 - 1858 ORIGINAL METICULOUSLY DETAILED JOURNAL AND LOG OF THE NEWLY LAUNCHED MERCHANT SHIP'S MAIDEN 3 YEAR VOYAGE CRISS CROSSING THE GLOBE FROM NEWBURYPORT TO CALCUTTA AND BEYOND, CAPTAIN JAMES P. MARTIN
1856 - 1858 ORIGINAL METICULOUSLY DETAILED JOURNAL AND LOG OF THE NEWLY LAUNCHED MERCHANT SHIP'S MAIDEN 3 YEAR VOYAGE CRISS CROSSING THE GLOBE FROM NEWBURYPORT TO CALCUTTA AND BEYOND
CAPTAIN JAMES P. MARTIN
3455.99 USD

 

 

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