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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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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 (1909)
412 large pp. 1st ed., clean in loose and damaged original red decorated 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.
£90.00


SURINAME Old Photograph album containing many views of Suriname especially gold mining camps.
SURINAME Old Photograph album containing many views of Suriname especially gold mining camps.SURINAME Old Photograph album containing many views of Suriname especially gold mining camps.SURINAME Old Photograph album containing many views of Suriname especially gold mining camps.SURINAME Old Photograph album containing many views of Suriname especially gold mining camps.SURINAME Old Photograph album containing many views of Suriname especially gold mining camps.SURINAME Old Photograph album containing many views of Suriname especially gold mining camps.SURINAME Old Photograph album containing many views of Suriname especially gold mining camps.
SURINAME Old Photograph album containing many views of Suriname especially gold mining camps.

(1929-34)
Includes fine street views of Paramaribo, Lawa Concessions mining camp. Many include images of S.A. Savitsky who was a mining engineer. Also some views of Trinidad and a few other photographs. Fine condition. (145)
Many fine quality images
£750.00


WILLYAMS Cooper An account of the campaign in the West Indies, in the year 1794, - under the command of their excellencies Lieut. General Sir Charles Grey, K.B. and Vice Admiral Sir John Jervis, K.B. commanders in chief in the West Indies; with the reduction of the islands of Martinique, St Lucia, Guadeloupe, Marigalante, Desiada, &c. and the events that followed those unparrelled successes, and caused the loss of Guadeloupe.
WILLYAMS Cooper An account of the campaign in the West Indies, in the year 1794, - under the command of their excellencies Lieut. General Sir Charles Grey, K.B. and Vice Admiral Sir John Jervis, K.B. commanders in chief in the West Indies; with the reduction of the islands of Martinique, St Lucia, Guadeloupe, Marigalante, Desiada, &c. and the events that followed those unparrelled successes, and caused the loss of Guadeloupe.
WILLYAMS Cooper An account of the campaign in the West Indies, in the year 1794, - under the command of their excellencies Lieut. General Sir Charles Grey, K.B. and Vice Admiral Sir John Jervis, K.B. commanders in chief in the West Indies; with the reduction of the islands of Martinique, St Lucia, Guadeloupe, Marigalante, Desiada, &c. and the events that followed those unparrelled successes, and caused the loss of Guadeloupe.

London, printed by T. Bensley for G. Nicol (1796)
149 + [5] + 62 large pp + plan of Fort Bourbon in Martinique and map of the island with two aquatint engravings in text. 4to. 1st ed., a few tone spots otherwise fine in half calf retaining original marbled boards. 9 x 11"
The author was a chaplain with the British navy at the time of the occurrence of the events described. Rare. Note this edition does not include the full page acquatint plates. It is printed in a smaller size font and has much smaller margins than the other edition.
£495.00


COLERIDGE Rev. W.H. Charges delivered to the Clergy of the Diocese of Barbados and the Leeward Islands; - together with prayers on certain public occasions;  and addresses to candidates for Holy Orders:  to young persons offering themselves for confirmation within that Diocese:  and at the consecration of a chapel and burial ground in the city of Caracas.
COLERIDGE Rev. W.H. Charges delivered to the Clergy of the Diocese of Barbados and the Leeward Islands; - together with prayers on certain public occasions;  and addresses to candidates for Holy Orders:  to young persons offering themselves for confirmation within that Diocese:  and at the consecration of a chapel and burial ground in the city of Caracas.COLERIDGE Rev. W.H. Charges delivered to the Clergy of the Diocese of Barbados and the Leeward Islands; - together with prayers on certain public occasions;  and addresses to candidates for Holy Orders:  to young persons offering themselves for confirmation within that Diocese:  and at the consecration of a chapel and burial ground in the city of Caracas.
COLERIDGE Rev. W.H. Charges delivered to the Clergy of the Diocese of Barbados and the Leeward Islands; - together with prayers on certain public occasions; and addresses to candidates for Holy Orders: to young persons offering themselves for confirmation within that Diocese: and at the consecration of a chapel and burial ground in the city of Caracas.

London (1835)
x + 324pp + 44pp + 4 hand coloured folding maps. 1st ed., fine in original cloth with later paper label.
Includes chapters on Antigua and British Guiana with maps of each. A rare work with details of the final abolition of slavery. The author was uncle of H.N. Coleridge.
£280.00


BAIRD Robert Impressions and Experiences of the West Indies and North America in 1849
BAIRD Robert Impressions and Experiences of the West Indies and North America in 1849
BAIRD Robert Impressions and Experiences of the West Indies and North America in 1849

William Blackwood & Sons (1850)
2 vols. bound in one, vi + 329pp + iv + 315pp + two tinted frontispieces. 1st ed., remarkably clean copy with no foxing, bound in modern quarter calf with marbled boards.
Vol 1 gives the author's impressions as he travelled through the Caribbean islands with good sections on Antigua, Cuba, Jamaica, St Kitts Nevis and St Thomas while Vol 2 is concerned with the U.S.A.
£175.00


MC CALLAN E.A. Life on Old St David
MC CALLAN E.A. Life on Old St David's Bermuda.

Bermuda Historical Monuments Trust (1948)
258pp + plates. 1st ed., fine in fair D/W which has small piece missing and is faded on spine.
Very scarce thus.
£140.00


DYDE Brian A West Indian Romance. - A true story of love and seafaring in the Caribbean.
DYDE Brian A West Indian Romance. - A true story of love and seafaring in the Caribbean.

Paradise Press (2012)
x + 236pp. 1st ed., new in card covers.
Autobiography of a English naval officer and the young Antiguan woman he met while captain of a ship sent to carry out survey work in the Caribbean in the 1970's.
£10.00


ARCHIBALD Douglas Tobago  Melancholy Isle. - Vol. 1  1498-1771
ARCHIBALD Douglas Tobago Melancholy Isle. - Vol. 1 1498-1771

Westindiana Ltd., Trinidad (1987)
137pp + folding plates and maps. 1st ed., fine in card covers.
Good early history of the island.
£10.00


ARCHIBALD Douglas Tobago  Melancholy Isle. - Vol. III  1807-1898
ARCHIBALD Douglas Tobago Melancholy Isle. - Vol. III 1807-1898

Westindiana Ltd., Trinidad (2003)
224pp + plates. 1st ed., fine in card covers.
Good early history of the island.
£30.00


MC KINNON Wm. The Curing of Cacao. Its preparation for Export.
MC KINNON Wm. The Curing of Cacao. Its preparation for Export.
MC KINNON Wm. The Curing of Cacao. Its preparation for Export.

Wm. McKinnon & Co Ltd, Aberdeen (1920 (circa))
137pp. Clean in card covers.
Trade catalogue of the company's curing machinery with many illustrations but also containing chapters on the history of Cacao production and methods used around the World with some good photo views of Trinidad noted.
£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 slightly stained D/W.
£35.00


PULLEN BURY B. Jamaica as it is , 1903.
PULLEN BURY B. Jamaica as it is , 1903.

T. Fisher Unwin, London (1903)
xiv + 240pp + plates and map. 1st ed., lacking end papers otherwise mostly clean with just minor foxing in original slightly worn original cloth.
£36.00


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


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


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


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


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


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