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There is a surprisingly rich resource of books on the West Indies.  Only a few books on the Caribbean are commonly found in bookshops but there are an enormous range of titles in existence.  There is a fine online bibliography of West Indies books, mostly sorted by author, compiled by Don Mitchell at http://books.ai

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SAVAGE Ernest A. The Libraries of Bermuda, the Bahamas, The British West Indies, British Guiana, British Honduras, Puerto Rico, and the American Virgin Islands: a report to the Carnegie Corporation of New York
SAVAGE Ernest A. The Libraries of Bermuda, the Bahamas, The British West Indies, British Guiana, British Honduras, Puerto Rico, and the American Virgin Islands: a report to the Carnegie Corporation of New York

Library Association, London (1934)
xi + 103pp + plates. 1st ed., ex library with a few small h/s's and labels on end papers, bound in quarter calf retaining original card covers.
Very scarce.
£90.00


GURNEY J.J. A winter in the West Indies. - Described in familiar letters to Henry Clay, of Kentucky.
GURNEY J.J. A winter in the West Indies. - Described in familiar letters to Henry Clay, of Kentucky.

London (1841)
282pp + 2 engraved views of Jamaica + printer's ads. 3rd ed., very clean apart from the two plates which are toned as usual, in original blind stamped cloth with bumped corners not affecting pages and defect to top of spine.
Gurney was a Quaker emancipationist. Chapters on Antigua, Dominica, Jamaica, St Kitts, St Thomas, Tortola and Cuba.
£75.00


BUCKLEY Roger Norman Slaves in Red Coats. - The British West India Regiments, 1795-1815.
BUCKLEY Roger Norman Slaves in Red Coats. - The British West India Regiments, 1795-1815.

Yale Uni Press (1979)
xi + 210pp. 1st ed., fine in fine D/W.
£40.00


HALLIDAY Andrew The West Indies: The Natural and Physical History of the Windward and Leeward Colonies; with some account of the Moral, Social, and Political Condition of their inhabitants, immediately before and after the Abolition of Negro Slavery
HALLIDAY Andrew The West Indies: The Natural and Physical History of the Windward and Leeward Colonies; with some account of the Moral, Social, and Political Condition of their inhabitants, immediately before and after the Abolition of Negro SlaveryHALLIDAY Andrew The West Indies: The Natural and Physical History of the Windward and Leeward Colonies; with some account of the Moral, Social, and Political Condition of their inhabitants, immediately before and after the Abolition of Negro Slavery
HALLIDAY Andrew The West Indies: The Natural and Physical History of the Windward and Leeward Colonies; with some account of the Moral, Social, and Political Condition of their inhabitants, immediately before and after the Abolition of Negro Slavery

John William Parker, London (1837)
viii + 408pp + 3 folding maps and a table. 1st ed., map of Barbados slightly torn along folds but without loss, edges of leaves darkened otherwise clean in half calf with marbled boards.
The author was Deputy Inspector General of Army Hospitals and visited Barbados, British Guiana and Trinidad in 1833.
£320.00


FOWLER John A Summary Account of the Present Flourishing state of the Respectable Colony of Tobago - in the British West Indies.  Illustrated with a map and plan of its settlement, agreeably to the Sales by his Majesty
FOWLER John A Summary Account of the Present Flourishing state of the Respectable Colony of Tobago - in the British West Indies.  Illustrated with a map and plan of its settlement, agreeably to the Sales by his MajestyFOWLER John A Summary Account of the Present Flourishing state of the Respectable Colony of Tobago - in the British West Indies.  Illustrated with a map and plan of its settlement, agreeably to the Sales by his Majesty
FOWLER John A Summary Account of the Present Flourishing state of the Respectable Colony of Tobago - in the British West Indies. Illustrated with a map and plan of its settlement, agreeably to the Sales by his Majesty's Commissioners.

London: Printed for A. Grant, Catherine Street, Strand (1774)
80pp + detailed hand coloured folding map in pocket at rear. 1st ed. very fine in old quarter calf with marbled boards. The map has been reinforced on the back but is complete and in fine condition. 22.5 x 17"
Gives a detailed record of property sales from 1766 and shows the lots still available for purchase together with information on the state of the island. The map, which is dated 1773, is similar to the 1776 Byres plan but smaller and is unrecorded by Tooley. Ragatz p. 224; Sabin, 25309.
£12,500.00


ANON Tabago [sic]: or, a geographical description, natural and civil history, together with a full representation of the produce, and other advantages arising from the fertility, excellent harbours, and happy situation of that famous island
ANON Tabago [sic]: or, a geographical description, natural and civil history, together with a full representation of the produce, and other advantages arising from the fertility, excellent harbours, and happy situation of that famous islandANON Tabago [sic]: or, a geographical description, natural and civil history, together with a full representation of the produce, and other advantages arising from the fertility, excellent harbours, and happy situation of that famous island
ANON Tabago [sic]: or, a geographical description, natural and civil history, together with a full representation of the produce, and other advantages arising from the fertility, excellent harbours, and happy situation of that famous island

London: Printed for W. Reeves ([1749])
89pp + folding map. 2nd ed., title page with small stain at base which also affects margin of map. Text slightly browned otherwise fine in recent blue sugar papers.
Very rare, especially with the map.
£1,800.00


DALLAS R.C. The History of the Maroons, From Their Origin to the Establishment of Their Chief Tribe at Sierra Leone: Including the Expedition to Cuba, From the Purpose of Procuring Spanish Chasseurs; And the State of the Island of Jamaica for the Last Ten Years: With a Succinct History of the Island Previous to that Period.
DALLAS R.C. The History of the Maroons, From Their Origin to the Establishment of Their Chief Tribe at Sierra Leone: Including the Expedition to Cuba, From the Purpose of Procuring Spanish Chasseurs; And the State of the Island of Jamaica for the Last Ten Years: With a Succinct History of the Island Previous to that Period.DALLAS R.C. The History of the Maroons, From Their Origin to the Establishment of Their Chief Tribe at Sierra Leone: Including the Expedition to Cuba, From the Purpose of Procuring Spanish Chasseurs; And the State of the Island of Jamaica for the Last Ten Years: With a Succinct History of the Island Previous to that Period.DALLAS R.C. The History of the Maroons, From Their Origin to the Establishment of Their Chief Tribe at Sierra Leone: Including the Expedition to Cuba, From the Purpose of Procuring Spanish Chasseurs; And the State of the Island of Jamaica for the Last Ten Years: With a Succinct History of the Island Previous to that Period.DALLAS R.C. The History of the Maroons, From Their Origin to the Establishment of Their Chief Tribe at Sierra Leone: Including the Expedition to Cuba, From the Purpose of Procuring Spanish Chasseurs; And the State of the Island of Jamaica for the Last Ten Years: With a Succinct History of the Island Previous to that Period.
DALLAS R.C. The History of the Maroons, From Their Origin to the Establishment of Their Chief Tribe at Sierra Leone: Including the Expedition to Cuba, From the Purpose of Procuring Spanish Chasseurs; And the State of the Island of Jamaica for the Last Ten Years: With a Succinct History of the Island Previous to that Period.

London: Printed by A. Strahan, for T. N. Longman and O. Rees (1803)
xiiI, cxiv, 359 pp + xi, [i], 514, [ii] pp + folding maps and plates. 1st ed., in modern half calf with new end papers. Both volumes with water stains affecting mostly the plates and with minor foxing to title and frontispieces.
£360.00


CARNEGIE James Some aspects of Jamaica
CARNEGIE James Some aspects of Jamaica's Politics. - 1918 - 1938.

Institute of Jamaica (1973)
194pp + plates. 1st ed., fine in worn D/W.
£35.00


BUXTON Charles Memoirs of Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton, Baronet - with selections from his correspondence.
BUXTON Charles Memoirs of Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton, Baronet - with selections from his correspondence.
BUXTON Charles Memoirs of Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton, Baronet - with selections from his correspondence.

John Murray (1851)
614pp + engraved frontispiece + ads. 1st ed., foxing to frontispiece otherwise clean in original cloth with faded spine, rebacked.
Biography of Wilberforce's successor who carried the fight for emancipation on to completion.
£30.00


WILLIAMS N. A history of the Cayman Islands.
WILLIAMS N. A history of the Cayman Islands.

Govt. of Cayman Is. (1970)
x + 94pp + plates. 1st ed., fine in red cloth.
£8.00


ANON Bermuda
ANON Bermuda

Robert O. Clifford, St Georges, Bermuda (1905)
40pp. 1st ed., fine in card covers. 10 x 8"
Photo views of the island.
£45.00


ANON Sixteen Popular Views of Bermuda
ANON Sixteen Popular Views of Bermuda

H.A. & E. Smith, Hamilton, Bermuda (1905 (circa))
16pp. 1st ed., fine in card covers. 10 x 7"
Photo views of the island.
£35.00


KIRKE Henry Twenty-five years in British Guiana.
KIRKE Henry Twenty-five years in British Guiana.

London (1898)
x + [1] + 364pp + plates and coloured folding map. 1st ed., small closed tear to map otherwise fine in original blue cloth.
Fascinating account of life in the colony by a British magistrate.
£75.00


RENNY Robert An history of Jamaica. - With observations on the climate, scenery, trade, productions, negroes, slave trade, diseases of Europeans, customs, manners and dispositions of the inhabitants.
RENNY Robert An history of Jamaica. - With observations on the climate, scenery, trade, productions, negroes, slave trade, diseases of Europeans, customs, manners and dispositions of the inhabitants.
RENNY Robert An history of Jamaica. - With observations on the climate, scenery, trade, productions, negroes, slave trade, diseases of Europeans, customs, manners and dispositions of the inhabitants.

J. Cawthorn, London (1807)
xx + 333pp + [2] publisher's catalogue + large folding map. 1st ed. 4to, lacking half title, repair to title page, some sporadic light brown staining throughout. Modern half calf with marbled boards.
Very scarce.
£525.00


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