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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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FROUDE James A. The English in the West Indies - or the bow of Ulysses.
FROUDE James A. The English in the West Indies - or the bow of Ulysses.

Longmans, Green & Co., London (1890 (circa))
viii + 328pp + publishers catalogue + engraved frontispiece and 8 plates. Later ed., clean in original worn pictorial cloth.
Much on Dominica, Jamaica and Trinidad.
£20.00


DAWES Neville Prolegomena to Caribbean Literature
DAWES Neville Prolegomena to Caribbean Literature

Institute of Jamaica (1977)
38pp. 1st ed., clean in worn card covers.
£15.00


BLACK Clinton V. The history of Montego Bay
BLACK Clinton V. The history of Montego Bay

Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce (1984)
55pp. 1st ed., fine in card covers.
£7.00


CASSIDY F.G. and LE PAGE R.B. Dictionary of Jamaican English
CASSIDY F.G. and LE PAGE R.B. Dictionary of Jamaican English

Uni. of the W.I. Press (2002)
lxiv + 509pp. 2nd ed., very fine in fine card covers.
£18.00


ASPINALL Algernon E. West Indian Tales of Old
ASPINALL Algernon E. West Indian Tales of Old

Duckworth & Co (1912)
xi + 260pp + plates and publisher's catalogue. 1st ed., clean in worn and marked original cloth.
Includes chapters on English Harbour, Antigua, Brimstone Hill, St Kitts and Governor Parke of the Leeward Islands.
£40.00


SIBLEY Inez Knibb Dictionary of Place-Names in Jamaica.
SIBLEY Inez Knibb Dictionary of Place-Names in Jamaica.

Institute of Jamaica (1978)
184pp + photo plates and index. 1st ed., clean in worn card covers.
£30.00


WRIGHT Philip Monumental Inscriptions of Jamaica.
WRIGHT Philip Monumental Inscriptions of Jamaica.

Society of Genealogists, London (1966)
361pp. 1st ed., clean in card covers.
£40.00


KRISE Thomas W. Caribbeana: An Anthology of English Literature of the West Indies, 1657-1777
KRISE Thomas W. Caribbeana: An Anthology of English Literature of the West Indies, 1657-1777

University of Chicago Press (1999)
xii + 358pp. 1st ed., fine in card covers.
£8.00


THOMAS J.J. Froudacity. - West Indian fables by James Anthony Froude explained.
THOMAS J.J. Froudacity. - West Indian fables by James Anthony Froude explained.

New Beacon Books (1969)
195pp. Paperback. Small light h/s on f.e.p. ottherwise fine.
£4.00


SENIOR Olive Encyclopedia of Jamaican Heritage
SENIOR Olive Encyclopedia of Jamaican Heritage

Twin Guinep Ltd (2003)
xx + 549pp. 1st ed., very fine in fine D/W.
A very useful work.
£40.00


PRICE George Jamaica and the Colonial Office: Who Caused the Crisis?
PRICE George Jamaica and the Colonial Office: Who Caused the Crisis?PRICE George Jamaica and the Colonial Office: Who Caused the Crisis?
PRICE George Jamaica and the Colonial Office: Who Caused the Crisis?

London: Published for the author by Sampson, Low, Son, and Marston (1866)
xii + 180pp + folding coloured plate. 1st ed., water stains on front and rear end papers and on last 4 pages of text otherwise very clean in original worn blindstamped cloth.
Very scarce.
£295.00


HINTON John Howard Memoir of William Knibb, Missionary in Jamaica
HINTON John Howard Memoir of William Knibb, Missionary in Jamaica
HINTON John Howard Memoir of William Knibb, Missionary in Jamaica

Houlston and Stoneman, London (1847)
x + 562pp + 6pp Publisher's catalogue and engraved portrait frontispiece. 1st ed., fine in old half calf.
Wiliam Knibb was a Baptist missionary in Jamaica from 1823.
£300.00


ST JOHNSTON Sir Reginald From a Colonial Governor
ST JOHNSTON Sir Reginald From a Colonial Governor
ST JOHNSTON Sir Reginald From a Colonial Governor's Note-Book.

Hutchinson & Co, London (1936)
285pp + plates. 1st ed., minor tone spotting to first few pages otherwise clean in original blue cloth.
The author recounts his time in office as Acting Governor of the Falkland Is., Administrator in Dominica and St Kitts and Governor of the Leeward Islands.
£70.00


RODWAY James In the Guiana Forest; Studies of Nature in Relation to the Struggle for Life
RODWAY James In the Guiana Forest; Studies of Nature in Relation to the Struggle for Life

T. Fisher Unwin (1911)
326pp + photo plates. Revised 2nd ed., clean in worn and marked original cloth.
£15.00


ANDREWS Evangeline Walker Journal of a Lady of Quality; Being the Narrative of a Journey from Scotland to the West Indies, North Carolina, and Portugal, in the Years 1774 to 1776
ANDREWS Evangeline Walker Journal of a Lady of Quality; Being the Narrative of a Journey from Scotland to the West Indies, North Carolina, and Portugal, in the Years 1774 to 1776

Yale University Press, New Haven (1923)
341pp + plates. 3rd printing, clean in worn original half cloth with marbled papers.
Good section on Antigua and St Kitts.
£20.00


ROTH Walter Edmund An Introductory Study of the Arts, Crafts, and Customs of the Guiana Indians
ROTH Walter Edmund An Introductory Study of the Arts, Crafts, and Customs of the Guiana Indians
ROTH Walter Edmund An Introductory Study of the Arts, Crafts, and Customs of the Guiana Indians

38th Annual Report of the bureau of American Ethnology, Washington (1924)
745 large pp + plates. 1st ed., a couple of m/s corrections to text otherwise fine in original green cloth.
£60.00


CLEMENTI Cecil Through British Guiana to the Summit of Roraima.
CLEMENTI Cecil Through British Guiana to the Summit of Roraima.

T. Fisher Unwin (1920)
236pp + plates, maps and publisher's catalogue. 1st ed., very fine in very fine D/W.
Description of travel into the interior of Guiana. An exceptionally fine copy.
£185.00


BODDAM-WHETHAM J.W. Roraima and British Guiana with a glance at Bermuda, the West Indies, and the Spanish Main
BODDAM-WHETHAM J.W. Roraima and British Guiana with a glance at Bermuda, the West Indies, and the Spanish Main
BODDAM-WHETHAM J.W. Roraima and British Guiana with a glance at Bermuda, the West Indies, and the Spanish Main

Hurst and Blackett, London (1879)
xiii + 363pp + frontispiece and folding map. 1st ed., mostly clean in original worn cloth, rebacked.
Good description of life in the Caribbean at that time.
£175.00


DALTON Henry G. The history of British Guiana - A general description of the colony;  a narrative of some of the principal events from the earliest period of its discovery to the present time;  together with an account of its climate, geology, staple products and natural history
DALTON Henry G. The history of British Guiana - A general description of the colony;  a narrative of some of the principal events from the earliest period of its discovery to the present time;  together with an account of its climate, geology, staple products and natural historyDALTON Henry G. The history of British Guiana - A general description of the colony;  a narrative of some of the principal events from the earliest period of its discovery to the present time;  together with an account of its climate, geology, staple products and natural history
DALTON Henry G. The history of British Guiana - A general description of the colony; a narrative of some of the principal events from the earliest period of its discovery to the present time; together with an account of its climate, geology, staple products and natural history

Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans, London (1855)
2 vols., 8vo. 518 + 580pp + 6 attractive engraved plates and folding map. 1st ed., mostly fine in modern blue half morocco. Inscribed by author on f.e.p.
Good history of the island plus description of its present state and a study of the natural history. A very scarce work.
£525.00


JENSEN Peta Gay The Last Colonials: The Story of Two European Families in Jamaica
JENSEN Peta Gay The Last Colonials: The Story of Two European Families in Jamaica

Radcliffe Press (2005)
194pp. 1st ed., fine in fine D/W.
£60.00


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