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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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EDWARDS Bryan The history civil and commercial, of the British Colonies in the West Indies. - To which is added, an historical survey of the French Colony in the island of St Domingo.  Abridged from the history written by Bryan Edwards.
EDWARDS Bryan The history civil and commercial, of the British Colonies in the West Indies. - To which is added, an historical survey of the French Colony in the island of St Domingo.  Abridged from the history written by Bryan Edwards.
EDWARDS Bryan The history civil and commercial, of the British Colonies in the West Indies. - To which is added, an historical survey of the French Colony in the island of St Domingo. Abridged from the history written by Bryan Edwards.

London (1799)
xvi + 373pp + 7pp publisher's catalogue + folded map. 8vo. A very good clean copy in contemporary full calf,small fault at base of spine.
£245.00


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 first and last few pages otherwise mostly clean in modern quarter 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


GOSSE Philip H. Gosse
GOSSE Philip H. Gosse's Jamaica, 1844-45

Institute of Jamaica (1984)
xv + 195pp + plates. 1st ed., clean in faded D/W.
£12.00


CUNDALL Frank The Governors of Jamaica in the first half of the eighteenth century.
CUNDALL Frank The Governors of Jamaica in the first half of the eighteenth century.

West India Committee, London (1937)
xxxi + 177pp + 24 plates and 3 folding plans. 1st ed. Ex library with label on f.e.p. and small h/s's on a number of pages otherwise clean in original slightly faded cloth.
Important historical study.
£18.00


JAMAICA Friends of the Georgian Society of Jamaica 2010 Tour
JAMAICA Friends of the Georgian Society of Jamaica 2010 Tour

F.G.S.J. (2010)
26 large pp. Fine in D/W.
Colour photos and line drawings of Georgian architecture in Jamaica.
£15.00


NETTLEFORD Rex Roots and Rhythms: Jamaica
NETTLEFORD Rex Roots and Rhythms: Jamaica's National Dance Theatre

Andre Deutsch (1969)
1st ed., clean in D/W.
£6.00


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


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