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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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SHIPLEY Sir Arthur E. Islands West Indian - Aegean
SHIPLEY Sir Arthur E. Islands West Indian - Aegean

Hopkinson & Co., London (1924)
xii + 139pp + plates. 1st ed., clean in original faded cloth.
Chapters on Barbados, British Guiana, Jamaica, Trinidad and Greek Islands.
£6.00


GAUNT Mary Reflection in Jamaica.
GAUNT Mary Reflection in Jamaica.

London (1932)
viii + 258pp + plates. 1st ed., light tone spotting throughout but mostly affecting margins.
Description of day to day life in the island.
£9.00


STARR Ida M.H. Gardens of the Caribbeees. - Sketches of a cruise to the West Indies and the Spanish Main.
STARR Ida M.H. Gardens of the Caribbeees. - Sketches of a cruise to the West Indies and the Spanish Main.

L.C. Page & Co., Boston (1904)
2 vols. 310 + 266pp + plates. 1st ed., clean in faded pictorial cloth.
£42.00


ASPINALL Algernon E. The pocket guide to the West Indies.
ASPINALL Algernon E. The pocket guide to the West Indies.

Sifton, Praed & Co (1923)
479pp + ads., plates and folding maps, fine in original cloth.
£15.00


PENN MOLL Verna Johnny - Cake Country.
PENN MOLL Verna Johnny - Cake Country.

Self Publishing Assoc. (1990)
125pp + map. 1st ed., very fine in fine D/W.
Story set in the British Virgin Is.
£7.00


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.

Macmillan Caribbean (1991)
2 vols. 345 + 355pp. Facsimile reprint of 1844 first ed. Some foxing on page edges only otherwise fine in fine D/W's.
£36.00


TROLLOPE A. The West Indies and the Spanish Main.
TROLLOPE A. The West Indies and the Spanish Main.

Frank Cass & Co (1968)
iv + 395pp. Facsimile reprint of 2nd ed., fine in original green cloth, spine a little faded.
Written by the author while on Post Office business in the West Indies to re-organise the Colonial Post Offices and to undertake postal treaties with the Spanish colonies. Much on Jamaica also chapters on Barbados, Bermuda, Cuba, Trinidad and St Thomas.
£24.00


WARDLAW C.W. Green havoc. - In the lands of the Caribbean.
WARDLAW C.W. Green havoc. - In the lands of the Caribbean.

W. Blackwood & Sons (1935)
318pp + plates. 1st ed., very fine in very good D/W.
The writer toured the islands to discover the extent of devastation caused to the banana crop by disease.
£45.00


WRIGHT Philip Lady Nugent
WRIGHT Philip Lady Nugent's Journal - of her residence in Jamaica from 1801 to 1805.

Institute of Jamaica (1966)
xxxiv + 331pp + plates, revised ed., fine in D/W.
Lady Nugent's husband was governor of Jamaica. Gives a vivid impression of planter society.
£9.00


ETIENNE Maj. F.E. Les Decorations Haitiennes a travers l
ETIENNE Maj. F.E. Les Decorations Haitiennes a travers l'Histoire.

Port-au-Prince (1954)
120 large pp + [2] 1st ltd. edition, no. 1114 of 3000 copies. Clean in worn D/W.
A scarce work on military and civilian decorations and medals illustrated with many colour plates.
£95.00


STARK J.H. and RODWAY J. Stark
STARK J.H. and RODWAY J. Stark's guide-book and history of British Guiana. - Containing a description of everything relating to this colony that would be of interest to tourists and residents.

Boston (1902 (circa))
120pp + plates, folding map and ads. 1st ed., clean in pictorial cloth, spine faded. One plate detached.
Fine early guide with good photo illustrations and some engraved views. Includes the photo plate of group of natives which is usually missing.
£55.00


RODMAN Selden Renaissance in Haiti. - Popular painters in the Black Replublic.
RODMAN Selden Renaissance in Haiti. - Popular painters in the Black Replublic.

Pellegrini & Cudahy, New York (1948)
134pp. 1st ed., fine in slightly worn cloth.
£14.00


ANON Art of Haiti and Jamaica. - A loan exhibition.
ANON Art of Haiti and Jamaica. - A loan exhibition.

Art Gallery Center for Inter-American Relations, New York (1968)
36 + 4pp. Clean in card covers.
£5.00


HAYWARD W.B. Bermuda past and present. - A descriptive and historical account of the Somers Islands.
HAYWARD W.B. Bermuda past and present. - A descriptive and historical account of the Somers Islands.

Dodd, Mead & Co., New York (1924)
242pp + plates. Revised ed., fine clean copy in fine original cloth.
Illustrated history and guide to the islands.
£10.00


STEPHENS Donald E. Holiday in Bermuda, 1889.
STEPHENS Donald E. Holiday in Bermuda, 1889.

Published by the author (1993)
ix + 107 large pp + loose supplement. 1st ltd. ed., no. 34 of 2000 copies. Very fine in very fine D/W.
Reproductions of a series of photographs taken by a tourist to the islands in 1889 together with historical notes.
£20.00


DE LISSER Herbert G. Jane
DE LISSER Herbert G. Jane's Career. A story of Jamaica.

Africana Pub. Co. (1971)
207pp. Reprint of 1914 ed., fine in original cloth.
Historical novel set in Jamaica.
£12.00


BOXER David Jamaican Art 1922-1982: Selections from the National Collectiion and works on extended loan to the National Gallery of Jamaica
BOXER David Jamaican Art 1922-1982: Selections from the National Collectiion and works on extended loan to the National Gallery of Jamaica

National Gallery of Jamaica (1983)
88 large pp. 1st ed., clean in card covers. Binding needs re-gluing.
£6.00


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.

London (1909)
412 large pp + maps. 1st ed., clean in worn original cloth, rebacked with new end papers.
An important work with chapters on each island giving details of the companys on each island and with many fine photo plates. Substantial sections on Barbados, British Guiana, Jamaica and Trinidad. Scarce.
£165.00


WARD C.J. Worlds Fair.  Jamaica at Chicago. - An account descriptive of the colony of Jamaica with historical and other appendices.
WARD C.J. Worlds Fair. Jamaica at Chicago. - An account descriptive of the colony of Jamaica with historical and other appendices.

Wm. J. Pell, New York (1893)
95pp + folding map. 1st ed., ex Manchester Geographical Society library with small h/s on title page otherwise clean in original blue decorated cloth, shaken.
Good description of all the parishes of the island with attractive photo illustrations.
£20.00


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