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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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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


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


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


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


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


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Family history of Jamaica

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