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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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JAMAICA AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY The Farmer
JAMAICA AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY The Farmer's Guide

Jamaica Agricultural Society (1954)
835pp + xxxvi. 1st ed., very fine in fine original cloth.
Detailed guide to growing crops in Jamaica with many old advertisements.
£45.00


MACMILLAN Allister The West Indies Illustrated. - Historical and descriptive, commercial and industrial, facts, figures and resources.
MACMILLAN Allister The West Indies Illustrated. - Historical and descriptive, commercial and industrial, facts, figures and resources.MACMILLAN Allister The West Indies Illustrated. - Historical and descriptive, commercial and industrial, facts, figures and resources.
MACMILLAN Allister The West Indies Illustrated. - Historical and descriptive, commercial and industrial, facts, figures and resources.

London (1911)
386 large pp. Fine in original green cloth.
An important work with chapters on each island giving details of the companys on each island and with many fine photo plates. Very scarce.
£350.00


SMITH May Jeffrey Bird watching in Jamaica.
SMITH May Jeffrey Bird watching in Jamaica.

Pioneer Press, Kingston (1956)
159pp + plates (some in colour), 1st ed., some tone spotting, pages thumbed but a scarce work.
Attractive illustrations by the author's daughter (?)
£6.00


ROBERTSON E. Arnot The Spanish Town Papers: Some Sidelights on the American War of Independence.
ROBERTSON E. Arnot The Spanish Town Papers: Some Sidelights on the American War of Independence.

Cresset Press (1959)
199pp + plates. 1st ed., fine in worn D/W.
£5.00


WRIGHT Philip Exploring Jamaica. A guide for motorists
WRIGHT Philip Exploring Jamaica. A guide for motorists

W.W. Norton & Co (1969)
254pp + plates. 1st ed., clean in D/W.
£5.00


ANON Photos and Phantasms: Harry Johnston
ANON Photos and Phantasms: Harry Johnston's Photographs of the Caribbean.

The British Council. (1998)
63pp. 1st ed., fine in card covers.
£10.00


MACMILLAN Judy Ann My Jamaica. The Paintings of Judy Ann Mac Millan
MACMILLAN Judy Ann My Jamaica. The Paintings of Judy Ann Mac Millan

Macmillan (2004)
155 large pp. 1st ed., fine in fine D/W.
£14.00


BRIDGES Rev. George Wilson The Annals of Jamaica.
BRIDGES Rev. George Wilson The Annals of Jamaica.

Frank Cass & Co Ltd (1968)
2 vols. xii + 604pp + xii + 505pp + [1] errata. Facsimile reprint of 1828 1st ed. Clean in original cloth, spines faded.
The author was strongly in favour of slavery and anti Methodist. The book was taken off the market by court order following action brought against the publisher by two free persons of colour, Lescesne and Escoffery, who had been deported from Jamaica unjustly, because of the libel it contained about them. (Ragatz)
£40.00


METCALF George Royal Government and Political Conflict in Jamaica 1729-1783
METCALF George Royal Government and Political Conflict in Jamaica 1729-1783

Longmans (1965)
xii + 256pp + plates. 1st ed., with bookplate of Lesley Lewis, fine in fine D/W.
£24.00


GARDNER W.J. A History of Jamaica from Its Discovery By Christopher Columbus to the Year 1872.  - Including an Account of its Trade and Agriculture; Sketches of the Manners, Habits, and Customs of all Classes of its Inhabitants
GARDNER W.J. A History of Jamaica from Its Discovery By Christopher Columbus to the Year 1872. - Including an Account of its Trade and Agriculture; Sketches of the Manners, Habits, and Customs of all Classes of its Inhabitants

Frank Cass (1971)
510pp + folding map. Facsimile reprint of the 1873 ed., fine in slightly torn D/W.
£27.00


BARRINGER Tim and FORRESTER G. & MARTINEZ-RUIZ B. Art and Emancipation in Jamaica: Isaac Mendes Belisario and His Worlds
BARRINGER Tim and FORRESTER G. & MARTINEZ-RUIZ B. Art and Emancipation in Jamaica: Isaac Mendes Belisario and His Worlds

Yale Centre for British Art (2007)
xix + 592 large pp. 1st ed., fine in fine D/W.
£90.00


OLIVIER Lord Jamaica: The Blessed Island
OLIVIER Lord Jamaica: The Blessed Island

Faber & Faber Ltd (1936)
xviii + 466pp + plates and folding map. 1st ed., clean in worn cloth.
History of the island from a colonial point of view.
£32.00


BINNEY Marcus Jamaica
BINNEY Marcus Jamaica's Heritage: An Untapped Resource

The Mill Press, Kingston (1991)
88 large pp. 1st ed., fine in card covers.
£25.00


PHILLIPPO James M. Jamaica:  its past and present state.
PHILLIPPO James M. Jamaica: its past and present state.

John Snow, London (1843)
xvi + 485pp + 8 of 10 engraved plates. 1st ed. mostly clean but with some foxing on plates in original blue cloth, rebacked with some loss of original spine. Sadly missing two plates.
The author was a Baptist missionary who spent 20 years in Jamaica. Geographical, historical and social surveys are included but greatest value lies in his description of the religious state of the island.
£40.00


PINTO Geoffrey de Sola Jamaican Houses: A Vanishing Legacy
PINTO Geoffrey de Sola Jamaican Houses: A Vanishing Legacy

De Sola Pinto Publishers (1993)
40 large pp. Clean in worn card covers.
£7.00


HALL Douglas Free Jamaica, 1838-65
HALL Douglas Free Jamaica, 1838-65

Caribbean History Reprint Series (1981)
x + 290pp. Reprint of 1959 ed., fine in card covers.
£8.00


SHORE Joseph and STEWART John In old St James. - A book of Parish chronicles.  Containing the story of the Jamaica ancestry of Mrs Barrett Browning;  the true tale of Rose Hall;  what an estate slave-book tells, etc.
SHORE Joseph and STEWART John In old St James. - A book of Parish chronicles. Containing the story of the Jamaica ancestry of Mrs Barrett Browning; the true tale of Rose Hall; what an estate slave-book tells, etc.

Sangster's Bookstores, Kingston (1970)
118pp. Reprint of 1911 ed., clean in D/W.
Historical notes on various aspects of Jamaican history.
£7.00


TAYLOR Stanley A.G. The Western design: An account of Cromwell
TAYLOR Stanley A.G. The Western design: An account of Cromwell's expedition to the Caribbean.

Jamaica Institute and Historical Society, Kingston, Jamaica (1965)
xiv + 243pp + 2 folding maps. 1st ed., fine in original card covers.
£45.00


BRATHWAITE Edward The Development of Creole Society in Jamaica 1770-1820
BRATHWAITE Edward The Development of Creole Society in Jamaica 1770-1820

Oxford University Press (1971)
1st ed., 374pp. fine in original cloth.
£22.00


SHIELDS Enid Devon House Families
SHIELDS Enid Devon House Families

Ian Randle Publishers (1991)
viii + 136pp. 1st ed., very fine in fine pictorial boards.
£6.00


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Family history of Jamaica

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Sources of genealogy and historical information

Turks and Caicos Islands Museum

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