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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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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 (1848)
600pp + engraved frontispiece + ads. 1st ed., foxing to frontispiece otherwise clean in original cloth.
Biography of Wilberforce's successor who carried the fight for emancipation on to completion.
£45.00


LONG Edward Earthquake at Port Royal in Jamaica in 1692
LONG Edward Earthquake at Port Royal in Jamaica in 1692

Gentleman's Magazine (1785)
2pp article extracted from the magazine.
£5.00


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


BELL  Major H MacLachlan Bahamas:  Isles of June.
BELL  Major H MacLachlan Bahamas:  Isles of June.
BELL Major H MacLachlan Bahamas: Isles of June.

Robert M. McBride (1934)
226pp + plates. 1st ed., clean in very worn cloth.
History and description of the islands.
£16.00


ADAMS F.U. Conquest of the Tropics. - The story of the creative enterprises conducted by the United Fruit Co.
ADAMS F.U. Conquest of the Tropics. - The story of the creative enterprises conducted by the United Fruit Co.

Doubleday, Page & Co, New York (1914)
368pp with many photo plates. 1st ed. Original cloth slightly worn and slightly shaken, contents fine.
Detailed company history. Much on W.I. banana industry.
£36.00


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


BREEN Henry H. St Lucia:  Historical, Statistical, and descriptive.
BREEN Henry H. St Lucia:  Historical, Statistical, and descriptive.BREEN Henry H. St Lucia:  Historical, Statistical, and descriptive.BREEN Henry H. St Lucia:  Historical, Statistical, and descriptive.
BREEN Henry H. St Lucia: Historical, Statistical, and descriptive.

London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans (1844)
xvi + 423pp + map. 1st ed., fine in fine contemporary full morocco. Bookplate of Major General Sir Arthur Wellesley Torrens and with two tipped in letters from the author concerning the work.
'The first and still the best work devoted exclusively to this island. The author was for 13 years a resident and based a considerable portion of the book on documentary material available there.' (Ragatz) Torrens was the civil administrator of the island at this time.
£1,600.00


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


WEST INDIES The West India Committee Circular
WEST INDIES The West India Committee Circular

London (1956)
12 issues for the year bound in green library cloth. 326pp + adverts. Fine and scarce.
Details of activities in the Caribbean with some good photo views and many good adverts. mostly for apparatus for the sugar industry.
£32.00


WEST INDIES The West India Committee Circular
WEST INDIES The West India Committee Circular

London (1958)
12 issues for the year bound in green library cloth. 352pp + adverts. Fine and scarce.
Details of activities in the Caribbean with some good photo views and many good adverts. mostly for apparatus for the sugar industry.
£32.00


CAMPBELL John Candid and Impartial Considerations on the Nature of the Sugar Trade; The Comparative Importance of the British and French Islands in the West-Indies: with The Value and Consequence of St. Lucia and Granada, truly stated.
CAMPBELL John Candid and Impartial Considerations on the Nature of the Sugar Trade; The Comparative Importance of the British and French Islands in the West-Indies: with The Value and Consequence of St. Lucia and Granada, truly stated.CAMPBELL John Candid and Impartial Considerations on the Nature of the Sugar Trade; The Comparative Importance of the British and French Islands in the West-Indies: with The Value and Consequence of St. Lucia and Granada, truly stated.CAMPBELL John Candid and Impartial Considerations on the Nature of the Sugar Trade; The Comparative Importance of the British and French Islands in the West-Indies: with The Value and Consequence of St. Lucia and Granada, truly stated.
CAMPBELL John Candid and Impartial Considerations on the Nature of the Sugar Trade; The Comparative Importance of the British and French Islands in the West-Indies: with The Value and Consequence of St. Lucia and Granada, truly stated.

London: Printed for R. Baldwin in Pater-noster Row. (1763)
228pp + 3 hand coloured folding maps. 1st ed., minor tears to two of the maps without loss, later end papers otherwise fine in old full calf binding with recent spine.
This work is a classic in the field of colonial and Caribbean literature, embodying as it does one of the clearest statements of eighteenth century philosophy regarding the relations which should exist between a metropole and its outlying possessions. (Ragatz) Written just after Britain had acquired Grenada and St Lucia from France following the Peace of Paris.
£900.00


KENNEDY Sister Jean de Chantal Biography of a Colonial Town: Hamilton, Bermuda 1790-1897
KENNEDY Sister Jean de Chantal Biography of a Colonial Town: Hamilton, Bermuda 1790-1897

The Bermuda Book Stores (1963)
400pp + folding maps and plates. 2nd ed., inscription on title page and minor foxing to page edges only otherwise clean in slightly worn D/W.
£12.00


POMEROY Colin A.  The Flying Boats of Bermuda
POMEROY Colin A. The Flying Boats of Bermuda

Colin A. Pomeroy (2000)
v + 254pp. 1st ed., fine in card covers.
£10.00


U.S. BOARD ON GEOGRAPHIC NAMES British West Indies and Bermuda; official standard names approved by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names
U.S. BOARD ON GEOGRAPHIC NAMES British West Indies and Bermuda; official standard names approved by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names

Washington (1955)
157 large pp. 1st ed., fine in card covers.
Detailed listing of towns, villages, places and islands
£40.00


STEWART John A View of the Past and Present State of Jamaica; - with remarks on the moral and physical condition of slaves, and on the abolition of slavery in the colonies.
STEWART John A View of the Past and Present State of Jamaica; - with remarks on the moral and physical condition of slaves, and on the abolition of slavery in the colonies.
STEWART John A View of the Past and Present State of Jamaica; - with remarks on the moral and physical condition of slaves, and on the abolition of slavery in the colonies.

Edinburgh: Oliver & Boyd (1823)
xiii + 363pp. 1st ed., browning to pages otherwise mostly clean in modern half calf.
The author holds that the planters have at times been unfairly accused but that their advocates have also been too prone to vindicate indiscriminately. Approves of abolition but is opposed to sudden emancipation. Supports the work of the sectarists and religious toleration. (Ragatz)
£375.00


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