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STURGE Joseph and HARVEY Thomas The West Indies in 1837; - being the journal of a visit to Antigua, Montserrat, Dominica, St Lucia, Barbadoes, and Jamaica; undertaken for the purpose of ascertaining the actual condition of the negro population of those islands.
STURGE Joseph and HARVEY Thomas The West Indies in 1837; - being the journal of a visit to Antigua, Montserrat, Dominica, St Lucia, Barbadoes, and Jamaica; undertaken for the purpose of ascertaining the actual condition of the negro population of those islands.
STURGE Joseph and HARVEY Thomas The West Indies in 1837; - being the journal of a visit to Antigua, Montserrat, Dominica, St Lucia, Barbadoes, and Jamaica; undertaken for the purpose of ascertaining the actual condition of the negro population of those islands.

London (1838)
ix + 476pp + two folding maps. 1st ed., a clean copy rebound in modern cloth
An important work on slavery.
£175.00


THOMAS Hugh The slave trade. - The history of the Atlantic slave trade 1440-1870.
THOMAS Hugh The slave trade. - The history of the Atlantic slave trade 1440-1870.

Picador (1997)
925pp + plates. Clean in D/W. Spine of D/W faded.
An important history on the subject.
£9.00


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


CRATON Michael Seaarching for the Invisible Man. Slaves and Plantation life in Jamaica.
CRATON Michael Seaarching for the Invisible Man. Slaves and Plantation life in Jamaica.

Harvard Uni Press (1978)
xxiii + 439 large pp. 1st ed., fine in worn D/W.
Based on a study of Worthy Park estate.
£20.00


JAMAICA The case of Lecesne and Escoffery
JAMAICA The case of Lecesne and EscofferyJAMAICA The case of Lecesne and EscofferyJAMAICA The case of Lecesne and EscofferyJAMAICA The case of Lecesne and EscofferyJAMAICA The case of Lecesne and Escoffery
JAMAICA The case of Lecesne and Escoffery

London (1824-8)
Original set of Court Papers for the legal case brought in London comprising Dispatches sent by Lord Manchester, Governor of Jamaica from 1824 to 1827, 728pp + Letters received from the Colonial Department 1824-7, 104pp + “Statement of the Estate & Effects of George Mackay of Pembroke in Trelawny” together with papers relating to this, 11pp. + 1828 Affidavits and papers to support the claim that Louis Lecesne had not in fact been born in Jamaica + sundry other papers relating to the case. All in neat and clear manuscript in fine condition housed in quarter calf box. Also 1825 House of Commons report on the affair and a finely bound book of photocopies of Legal works connected with the case.
These documents, dealing with Jamaica’s colonial jurisprudence, will be of great interest to lawyers and historians, particularly to legal historians, interested in the unfair, discriminatory and inhuman colonial legal and judicial system. People conversant with the present day principles of civil liberties and human rights will be shocked to read these legal documents highlighting the iniquitous and heartless colonial jurisprudence and callous judicial system. These documents show the colonial cruel and injudicious slave-owning mentality persisting in the 1820s and after. Simply stated, the facts of this long and sordid episode in Jamaica, where justice was finally achieved by a tortuous route to the British House of Commons, were that in 1823 the governor of Jamaica, acting hastily upon rumours of revolt by slaves and others against the Jamaican government, deported to Haiti two liquor merchants, who were disenfranchised ‘people of colour’. This was done despite the fact that, during the deportation process, they were freed from detention, for lack of evidence, by the courts accepting their application under a petition of habeaus corpus. The proceedings of this case in Jamaica in the 19th century case highlight the heavy handedness of the colonial authorities against former slaves and other subjugated minorities. It is important to emphasise that in those days the laws of categorising the population of Jamaica, and some other colonies, were rather complicated and cumbersome. For example, people of colour (mostly the result of white fathers and black mothers) unless born free or ‘manumized’ (the act of liberation of a slave from bondage: see Fenwick v. Chapman 9 Pet 472), remained slaves until the fourth degree. Until the mixing of blood had reached that degree, they remained slaves. People in colonies were categorised as whites, free people of colour, free blacks, people of colour in slavery, and blacks in slavery. The restrictions on non-whites were grievously onerous and obnoxious. For example, all non-whites were incapacitated by the Jamaican law-makers from giving evidence against white persons. The two merchants were lucky as a British sea captain took them from Haiti to England. On finding out their plight, some of the Abolitionists took their petition to the House of Commons. The parliamentary debates and the document produced therefor are of great interest. So is the other correspondence connection with this, particularly a letter written on 17th September 1816 by Stephen Lushington to William Courtenay. A related Court of the King’s Bench law report of 1830 of a libel case again John Murray, a bookseller of repute, is also included: R. v. Murray. The two merchants eventually were found to have been born in Jamaica and to be Jamaican citizens. As such they could not have been deported. They triumphantly returned to Jamaica.
£8,000.00


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


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.
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.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.
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.

London (1823)
36pp. 1st ed., fine in later full calf with marbled end papers. Bookplate of Aaron J. Matalon.
£120.00


MARRYAT Joseph A Reply to the Arguments contained in various publications, recommending an equalization of the duties on East & West Indian Sugar.
MARRYAT Joseph A Reply to the Arguments contained in various publications, recommending an equalization of the duties on East & West Indian Sugar.
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]
£125.00


ANON On protection to West-India sugar. - Second Edition, corrected and enlarged, and containing an answer to a pamphlet entitled
ANON On protection to West-India sugar. - Second Edition, corrected and enlarged, and containing an answer to a pamphlet entitled
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.
£175.00


BLEBY Henry Scenes in the Caribbean Sea:  being sketches from a missionary
BLEBY Henry Scenes in the Caribbean Sea:  being sketches from a missionary
BLEBY Henry Scenes in the Caribbean Sea: being sketches from a missionary's note-book.

London (1870)
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.
£55.00


CARIBNET Journal of the Caribbean Studies International Network. - Issue 1
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.
£15.00


ANIM-ADD0 Joan Sugar, Spices and Human Cargo. - An early black history of Greenwich.
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.
£12.00


KIERAN B.L. The Lawless Caymanas. - A story of slavery, freedom and the West India Regiment.
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.
£30.00


LEWIS M.G. Journal of a residence among the negroes in the West Indies.
LEWIS M.G. Journal of a residence among the negroes in the West Indies.
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.
£75.00


SLAVERY Brief remarks on the Slave Registry Bill; - and upon a special report of the African Institution, recommending that measure.
SLAVERY Brief remarks on the Slave Registry Bill; - and upon a special report of the African Institution, recommending that measure.
SLAVERY Brief remarks on the Slave Registry Bill; - and upon a special report of the African Institution, recommending that measure.

London (1816)
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)
£120.00


MONTGOMERY James The West Indies and other poems.
MONTGOMERY James The West Indies and other poems.

London (1814)
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.
£50.00


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.
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.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.
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.
£1,200.00


STERNE Henry Statement of Facts, Submitted to the Right Hon.Lord Glenelg, His Majesty
STERNE Henry Statement of Facts, Submitted to the Right Hon.Lord Glenelg, His Majesty
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.
£300.00


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.
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.
£120.00


M
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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.
£800.00


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VALAIN E.V. Mentor : né à St Pierre Martinique le 26 décembre 1771, adjudant général, député de Saint-Dominique au Conseil des Cinq-Cents. Paris 1802 Engraving with wide margins. 5 x 8" Fine.
£32

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1833 (4 Jan) EL from Kingston, Jamaica to London with faint Kingston cds and London ds, rated 2/2d. Clean. Fascinating contents in long 3 page letter written in a clear hand from Walter Dendy, a missionary giving a detailed report of their work particularly in schools in Port Royal and Spanish Town.
£60

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WILLIAMS Gomer History of the Liverpool Privateers and Letters of Marque with an Account of the Liverpool Slave Trade. London: William Heinemann 1897 Folding frontispiece, xv + 718pp + 3 folding plates. 1st ed., clean in original cloth, a few extra illustrations tipped in to f.e.p.'s
£75

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