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Below is a list of my stock of old secondhand and antiquarian books on slavery and emancipation for sale.
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|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.
|PAIEWONSKY Isidor Eyewitness Accounts of Slavery in the Danish West Indies|
Fordham University Press (1987)
ix + 166pp. 1st ed., signed by author on title page, fine in good D/W.
|CROPPER James Relief for West-Indian distress: shewing the inefficiency of protecting duties on East-India sugar, and pointing out other modes of certain relief.|
36pp. 1st ed., fine in later full calf with marbled end papers. Bookplate of Aaron J. Matalon.
|MARRYAT Joseph A Reply to the Arguments contained in various publications, recommending an equalization of the duties on East & West Indian Sugar.|
London : Printed for J.M. Richardson (1823)
111pp. 1st ed., fine in modern half calf. Bookplate of Aaron J. Matalon.
Marryat was the founder of a large commercial house with interests in the trade of Trinidad. 'Opposes equalization and attempts to prove that East India sugar was a slave, not a free-grown, product. Presents arguments on both sides very fully.' [Ragatz p.308]
|ANON On protection to West-India sugar. - Second Edition, corrected and enlarged, and containing an answer to a pamphlet entitled 'A Reply,' & & by Joseph Marryat.|
London : Printed for J.M. Richardson (1823)
159pp. Fine apart from title page which has been repaired with tissue and suffered some loss, in modern half calf. Bookplate of Aaron J. Matalon.
Marryat was the founder of a large commercial house with interests in the trade of Trinidad. Rare.
|BLEBY Henry Scenes in the Caribbean Sea: being sketches from a missionary's note-book.|
210pp + engraved frontispiece and 2 plates. Clean in original worn blue decorated cloth, front hinge very loose.
Account of the negro insurrection of 1831 in Jamaica and the persecution of missionaries and reign of terror which followed.
|CARIBNET Journal of the Caribbean Studies International Network. - Issue 1|
University of London (1998)
118 large pp. Fine in card covers.
Includes article on 'Resistance against slave labour: forced migration, maroon society and the struggle in the Caribbean by W. Heilbron.
|ANIM-ADD0 Joan Sugar, Spices and Human Cargo. - An early black history of Greenwich.|
Greenwich Leisure Services (1996)
71 large pp. 1st ed., fine in card covers.
|KIERAN B.L. The Lawless Caymanas. - A story of slavery, freedom and the West India Regiment.|
Grand Cayman (1992)
189 large pp. 1st ed., very fine in fine D/W.
Well illustrated history with much on slavery and the West India regiment.
|LEWIS M.G. Journal of a residence among the negroes in the West Indies.|
John Murray, London (1845)
184pp. Fine in modern blue cloth.
Fine description of the island written after the abolition of slave trade but before the freeing of the slaves. The author was much concerned with the welfare of the slaves and highlights the evils of absentee landlordism.
|SLAVERY Brief remarks on the Slave Registry Bill; - and upon a special report of the African Institution, recommending that measure.|
67pp + table. 1st ed., in later quarter cloth with marbled boards. Fine.
'Denies the central Government's right to regulate the colonies' internal affairs. Denies that illegal importations of slaves had been taking place. Holds that the island slave laws were salutary and were faithfully carried out.' (Ragatz)
|EDWARDS Paul and WALVIN James Black Personalities in the Era of the Slave Trade.|
The Macmillan Press Ltd (1983)
xi + 253pp. 1st ed., fine in fine D/W.
|MONTGOMERY James The West Indies and other poems.|
160pp. 4th ed., fine in original decorated full calf. A very fine copy.
Long poem written in honour of the abolition of the African slave trade by the British Legislature in 1807.
|BECKFORD William A Descriptive Account of the Island of Jamaica: - with remarks upon the cultivation of the sugar cane, throughout the different seasons of the year, and chiefly considered in a picturesque point of view; also Observations and Reflections upon what would probably be the consequences of an Abolition of the Slave Trade, and of the Emancipation of the Slaves.|
London: Printed for T. and J. Egerton (1790)
2 vols. 8vo. lx + 404 + 405pp. 1st ed., very fine in modern quarter calf with marbled boards.
Written while in Fleet Prison while incarcerated for debt following heavy losses in the hurricane of 1780. The author was sympathetic to the negroes and urged amelioration but opposed abolition and emancipation.
|STERNE Henry Statement of Facts, Submitted to the Right Hon.Lord Glenelg, His Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for the Colonies...with an Exposure of the Present System of Jamaica Apprenticeship|
London: Printed by J.C. Chappell (1837)
xii + 282pp + vii + folding genealogical table. 1st ed., foxing to title page and first few pages otherwise clean in original boards (detached)
Describes injustices to former slaves under the Apprenticeship system.
|WHITELEY Henry Verbatim Reprint of a Pamphlet, published by Messrs Hatchard and Son entitled, Three Months in Jamaica, in 1832: - comprising a residence of seven weeks on a sugar plantation.|
J. Hatchard & Son, London (1833)
24pp, pamphlet in old cloth binding, crudely repaired. Contents clean.
Anti slavery pamphlet with detail of slave punishments and maltreatment.
|M'MAHON Benjamin Jamaica Plantership.|
London, Effingham Wilson (1839)
300pp. 1st ed., couple of neat m/s corrections to text in margin otherwise clean in original very worn cloth with later label. Front end paper poorly secured by tape.
The author was employed as a bookkeeper or overseer on 24 different estates and gives accounts of how each was run. Mostly accounts of rascality, debauchery and cruelties.
|ANON Account of a shooting excursion on the mountains near Dromilly estate, in the parish of Trelawny, and island of Jamaica, in the month of October 1824|
15pp. 1st ed., clean in modern quarter calf. Tipped in article relating to the subject tipped in at rear.
'Relates the attack made by a party of islanders upon a long established camp of runaway slaves who had lived peaceably for years in a forest settlement.' (Ragatz)
|ANON Report of the Trials of the Insurgent Negroes, before a General Court-Martial, held at Georgetown, Demerara, on the 25th August, 1823, and continued by Adjournment, until the 11th of October following.|
Demerara: Printed by A. Stevenson, at the Guiana Chronicle Office, Georgetown (1824)
[iv] + 240pp. 1st ed., 8vo. Contemporary half calf with marbled boards. Some light foxing but mostly very clean. Former owner's name, 'Wm Bruce Ferguson Demerary 24th June 1824' inscribed on title page.
The 1823 Demerara slave revolt was a co-ordinated uprising of slaves on 50 plantations between Georgetown and Mahaica caused by unrest over harsh treatment and a rumour that a law emancipating the slaves had been passed but not implemented. Martial Law was imposed and after three days the rebellion was put down with the loss of some 800 slaves. This work records the subsequent trials of slaves with transcripts of the evidence. Prisoners were allowed to conduct their own defenses which makes very interesting reading. The work ends with a three page index of sentences carried out.
|STEDMAN Cap. J.G. Narrative of a five years' expedition against the revolted negroes of Surinam - in Guiana on the wild coast of South America from the years 1772 to 1777. Elucidating the history of that country and describing its productions..|
2 vols. 4to, 2 engraved titles both with handcoloured vignettes of ships at sea and 81 coloured engravings including 3 plates engraved by William Blake. 2nd ed., large paper copy. Very fine in contemporary tree calf, rebacked with old backs laid down, red and black letter pieces.
(Watermarks on paper: text 1796, plates, 1794, J. Whatman paper). The Large Paper copy of which only a few were printed was published coloured at £5.5s as opposed to the plain issue on ordinary paper at £3.3s. Abbey 719, Sabin 91075