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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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ALLEYNE Warren Barbados at War 1939-1945. - An historical account.
ALLEYNE Warren Barbados at War 1939-1945. - An historical account.

Barbados (1999)
40pp. 1st ed., fine in card covers.
Well illustrated history with much on U Boat war.
£6.00


TYLDEN Major Geoffrey The Armed Forces of the British West Indies. 1650 to 1958. - With an Appendix on the Armed Forces of the Falkland Islands and St Helena.
TYLDEN Major Geoffrey The Armed Forces of the British West Indies. 1650 to 1958. - With an Appendix on the Armed Forces of the Falkland Islands and St Helena.TYLDEN Major Geoffrey The Armed Forces of the British West Indies. 1650 to 1958. - With an Appendix on the Armed Forces of the Falkland Islands and St Helena.TYLDEN Major Geoffrey The Armed Forces of the British West Indies. 1650 to 1958. - With an Appendix on the Armed Forces of the Falkland Islands and St Helena.
TYLDEN Major Geoffrey The Armed Forces of the British West Indies. 1650 to 1958. - With an Appendix on the Armed Forces of the Falkland Islands and St Helena.

The Author's unpublished original manuscript. (1959)
173pp + photographs. Typed manuscript with some manuscript corrections crudely bound in card covers.
The author, who died in 1970, wrote three works on South African military history and was a regular contributor to the Society for Army Historical Research. There are chapters on each of the islands, campaigns in which the West India Regiment took part and British Garrisons stationed on the islands.
£1,500.00


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
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

London: T. Fisher Unwin (1909)
xvi + 510pp + folding map. Mostly clean in original slightly marked cloth.
£50.00


TRUMAN George and JACKSON John, LONGSTRETH Thos. B. Narrative of a Visit to the West Indies: In 1840 and 1841
TRUMAN George and JACKSON John, LONGSTRETH Thos. B. Narrative of a Visit to the West Indies: In 1840 and 1841
TRUMAN George and JACKSON John, LONGSTRETH Thos. B. Narrative of a Visit to the West Indies: In 1840 and 1841

Philadelphia: Merrihew and Thompson (1844)
130pp. 1st ed., title page with small hole, some light foxing otherwise fine in original blind stamped cloth.
Effects of emancipation on the islands.
£200.00


[EGERTON Charles Calvert] The Journal of an Unfortunate Prisoner, on board the British Prison Ship Loyalist, in Jamaica, - from November 1, 1812 to April 5, 1813. Together with some interesting occurrences on his passage home.
[EGERTON Charles Calvert] The Journal of an Unfortunate Prisoner, on board the British Prison Ship Loyalist, in Jamaica, - from November 1, 1812 to April 5, 1813. Together with some interesting occurrences on his passage home.
[EGERTON Charles Calvert] The Journal of an Unfortunate Prisoner, on board the British Prison Ship Loyalist, in Jamaica, - from November 1, 1812 to April 5, 1813. Together with some interesting occurrences on his passage home.

Baltimore: Printed for the author (n.d.)
82pp. 1st ed., small piece missing from lower margin of first 8pp and last page torn with considerable loss. Otherwise clean in old worn half calf.
Concerning the war of 1812. Rare.
£250.00


COCKBURN Sir James Dedicated to the army, and more particularly to the late garrison of St. Eustatius. An authenticated copy of the proceedings on the trial of Lieut. Col. Cockburn, (of the Thirty-fifth Regiment) for the loss of the island of St Eustatius.
COCKBURN Sir James Dedicated to the army, and more particularly to the late garrison of St. Eustatius. An authenticated copy of the proceedings on the trial of Lieut. Col. Cockburn, (of the Thirty-fifth Regiment) for the loss of the island of St Eustatius.
COCKBURN Sir James Dedicated to the army, and more particularly to the late garrison of St. Eustatius. An authenticated copy of the proceedings on the trial of Lieut. Col. Cockburn, (of the Thirty-fifth Regiment) for the loss of the island of St Eustatius.

London: Printed for J. Debrett (1783)
[1] + 194pp + folding table + [4] publisher's ads. 1st ed., title page repaired but with some loss otherwise clean in old quarter calf with paste paper boards.
Rare.
£475.00


LUFFMAN Johann Kurze Beschreibung der Insel Antigua : nebst Nachrichten von den Sitten und Gebräuchen der dasigen Einwohner, so wie von der Nahrung, Kleidung, Arbeit und Bestrafung der Sklaven.
LUFFMAN Johann Kurze Beschreibung der Insel Antigua : nebst Nachrichten von den Sitten und Gebräuchen der dasigen Einwohner, so wie von der Nahrung, Kleidung, Arbeit und Bestrafung der Sklaven.LUFFMAN Johann Kurze Beschreibung der Insel Antigua : nebst Nachrichten von den Sitten und Gebräuchen der dasigen Einwohner, so wie von der Nahrung, Kleidung, Arbeit und Bestrafung der Sklaven.
LUFFMAN Johann Kurze Beschreibung der Insel Antigua : nebst Nachrichten von den Sitten und Gebräuchen der dasigen Einwohner, so wie von der Nahrung, Kleidung, Arbeit und Bestrafung der Sklaven.

Leipzig (1790)
[6] + 118pp + [3] + folding map. 1st ed. Hand stamp on half title and one page loose otherwise fine in modern paper covers.
£300.00


LANAGHAN Mrs Antigua and the Antiguans: - a full account of the colony and its inhabitants.
LANAGHAN Mrs Antigua and the Antiguans: - a full account of the colony and its inhabitants.
LANAGHAN Mrs Antigua and the Antiguans: - a full account of the colony and its inhabitants.

London: Saunders & Otley (1844)
2 vols. xiv + 345 + viii + 355pp. 1st ed., lacking end papers, very clean in original blindstamped cloth, rebacked.
£600.00


JENKINS Charles F. Tortola. - A Quaker experiment of long ago in the Tropics.
JENKINS Charles F. Tortola. - A Quaker experiment of long ago in the Tropics.

Friends Historical Soc., London (1923)
vii + 106pp + plates. 1st ed., original slightly damaged grey card covers, minor tone spotting mostly to first few pages.
Description of the work of the Quakers on the island with chapters on slavery and Thomas Chalkley noted. Copies of this first edition are seldom seen.
£75.00


LOWE Joseph An Inquiry Into the State of the British West Indies
LOWE Joseph An Inquiry Into the State of the British West Indies

London: Printed for C. and R. Baldwin (1808)
4th ed., xix + 176pp. Fine in modern quarter calf with marbled boards.
Considers the value of the West Indies to Great Britain especially the sugar trade.
£160.00


CHRISTIE H. Christopher The Man With the Wart: an Obeah Story
CHRISTIE H. Christopher The Man With the Wart: an Obeah Story

Press Printers Limited (1928 (circa))
1st ed., [1-2] [1-5] 6-38pp, two illustrations, original worn and slightly faded green cloth. Clean.
Children's story set in the Bahamas.
£60.00


BERMUDA The Bermuda Pocket Almanack for the year of Our Lord 1874
BERMUDA The Bermuda Pocket Almanack for the year of Our Lord 1874
BERMUDA The Bermuda Pocket Almanack for the year of Our Lord 1874

Royal Gazette Office, Hamilton, Bermuda (1874)
124pp. Clean in modern blue cloth retaining original blue paper covers.
Rare.
£400.00


BERMUDA The Bermuda Pocket Almanack for the year of Our Lord 1875
BERMUDA The Bermuda Pocket Almanack for the year of Our Lord 1875
BERMUDA The Bermuda Pocket Almanack for the year of Our Lord 1875

Royal Gazette Office, Hamilton, Bermuda (1875)
156pp. Clean in modern blue cloth retaining original blue paper covers, the front cover restored and backed on to blue card.
Rare.
£375.00


BERMUDA The Bermuda Pocket Almanack for the year of Our Lord 1879
BERMUDA The Bermuda Pocket Almanack for the year of Our Lord 1879
BERMUDA The Bermuda Pocket Almanack for the year of Our Lord 1879

Royal Gazette Office, Hamilton, Bermuda (1879)
208pp. Mostly clean in modern blue cloth retaining original blue paper covers, bothrestored and backed on to blue card. A few contemporary endorsements to text in ink. Last two pages damaged, one with slight loss.
Rare.
£300.00


BERMUDA The Bermuda Pocket Almanack, Guide and Directory for the year of Our Lord 1894
BERMUDA The Bermuda Pocket Almanack, Guide and Directory for the year of Our Lord 1894
BERMUDA The Bermuda Pocket Almanack, Guide and Directory for the year of Our Lord 1894

Royal Gazette Office, Hamilton, Bermuda (1894)
296pp + ii. Mostly clean in modern blue cloth. A few contemporary endorsements to text in ink. Lacking original paper covers.
Rare.
£240.00


BERMUDA Souvenir of Bermuda
BERMUDA Souvenir of Bermuda
BERMUDA Souvenir of Bermuda

S. Nelmes, Hamilton, Bermuda (1880 (Circa))
15 of 19 foldout chromo-litho views of the islands in original red card covers, backed on to modern cloth. (Lacking last pages). One page with crease in margin - see image.
Rare.
£90.00


NELMES S. Bermuda Islands
NELMES S. Bermuda Islands
NELMES S. Bermuda Islands

S. Nelmes, Hamilton (1910 (circa))
Souvenir album of views of Bermuda tipped on to grey card and bound with string cord, 26pp including one folding panorama. Clean in worn card covers.
Very scarce.
£85.00


ANON Views of Bermuda. The land of the Lily and the Rose.
ANON Views of Bermuda. The land of the Lily and the Rose.
ANON Views of Bermuda. The land of the Lily and the Rose.

(1905 (circa))
Souvenir album of photo views of Bermuda, 17pp, clean in worn cloth with damaged spine, front board loose.
£50.00


PHILIPS Anghelen A. Gingerbread houses: Haiti
PHILIPS Anghelen A. Gingerbread houses: Haiti's Endangered Species

Impr. H. Deschamps (1975)
93 large pp. 1st ltd. ed., no. 1598 of 2000 copies, signed and inscribed by author. Clean in very good D/W.
Many fine line drawings of houses.
£25.00


FERMOR Patrick Leigh The traveller
FERMOR Patrick Leigh The traveller
FERMOR Patrick Leigh The traveller's tree. - A journey through the Caribbean islands.

John Murray (1951)
403pp + plates. Reprint, clean in original green cloth.
One of the best written travel books on the Caribbean with fine photo plates.
£8.00


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