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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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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


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


MALENFANT Colonel Des Colonies, et particulierement de celle de Saint-Domingue; memoire historique et politique
MALENFANT Colonel Des Colonies, et particulierement de celle de Saint-Domingue; memoire historique et politique
MALENFANT Colonel Des Colonies, et particulierement de celle de Saint-Domingue; memoire historique et politique

Paris (1814)
xii + 334pp + index [2] + errata {1]. 1st ed., slightly browned, in modern half calf with new end papers.
Much on Toussaint Louverture. Rare.
£475.00


BROWN Charles B. and SAWKINS J.G. Reports on the Physical, Descriptive, and Economic Geology of British Guiana
BROWN Charles B. and SAWKINS J.G. Reports on the Physical, Descriptive, and Economic Geology of British Guiana

Printed for Her Majesty's Stationery Office and sold by Longmans, Green, & Co. and Edward Stanford (1875)
iv + 297pp + folding map and large folding map in rear pocket. 1st ed., clean in worn original cloth. Former owner name, G.R. Sandbach, on inner cover.
£375.00


BLACK Clinton V. Spanish Town. The Old Capital
BLACK Clinton V. Spanish Town. The Old Capital

Parish Council of St Catherine, Jamaica (1960)
63pp. 1st ed., fine in card covers.
£8.00


HAMMOND Norman Lubaantun, 1926-70: The British Museum in British Honduras
HAMMOND Norman Lubaantun, 1926-70: The British Museum in British Honduras

Trustees of the British Museum (1972)
48pp. 1st ed., fine in card covers.
£10.00


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.
£18.00


GOSSE Philip Henry A naturalist
GOSSE Philip Henry A naturalist
GOSSE Philip Henry A naturalist's sojourn in Jamaica.

London: Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans (1851)
508pp + 8 tinted or coloured plates. 1st ed., clean in very worn full calf prize binding.
An important early work with most attractive illustrations.
£175.00


SOLA PINTO Geoffrey de Jamaican Houses, a vanishing legacy.
SOLA PINTO Geoffrey de Jamaican Houses, a vanishing legacy.

(1983)
40 large pp + 40 plates. Clean in D/W.
£14.00


BOURNE Gloria The Settler
BOURNE Gloria The Settler's Handbook for the U.S. Virgin Islands

Douglas S. Burns Productions (1987)
114pp. 8th ed., clean in card covers.
£6.00


KING Jacqueline A. The Bi-Centennial Handbook 1779 - 1979
KING Jacqueline A. The Bi-Centennial Handbook 1779 - 1979

Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (1979)
vi + 210 large pp. 1st ed., fine in card covers.
£18.00


PARISER Harry S. The Adventure Guide to the Virgin Islands
PARISER Harry S. The Adventure Guide to the Virgin Islands

MPC Hunter (1989)
206pp. 1st ed., fine in card covers.
£4.00


JACOBS H.P. Sixty Years of Change, 1806-1866. - Progress and Reaction in Kingston and the countryside.
JACOBS H.P. Sixty Years of Change, 1806-1866. - Progress and Reaction in Kingston and the countryside.

Institute of Jamaica (1973)
122pp + plates. 1st ed., fine in good D/W.
£32.00


ROBINSON Carey The fighting maroons of Jamaica.
ROBINSON Carey The fighting maroons of Jamaica.

William Collins and Sangster (Jamaica) Ltd (1971)
160pp + plates. Clean in worn D/W.
£12.00


STYCOS J. Malone and BACK Kurt W. The control of human fertility in Jamaica
STYCOS J. Malone and BACK Kurt W. The control of human fertility in Jamaica

Cornell University Press (1964)
xii + 377pp. 1st ed., minor foxing to page edges otherwise clean in worn D/W.
Birth control
£12.00


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