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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.

Frank Cass & Co (1968)
ix + 476pp + two folding maps. Facsimile reprint of 1838 ed., fine in stained D/W with staining to end papers.
An important work on slavery.
£25.00


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.

London : Printed for J.M. Richardson (1823)
111pp. 1st ed., fine, disbound retaining half title.
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]
£75.00


CAMPBELL Mavis C. The Maroons of Jamaica.  - 1655-1796
CAMPBELL Mavis C. The Maroons of Jamaica. - 1655-1796

Bergin & Garvey Publishers (1988)
vi + 296pp. 1st ed., foxing to page edges otherwise clean in discoloured original boards.
£40.00


COLERIDGE Rev. W.H. Charges delivered to the Clergy of the Diocese of Barbados and the Leeward Islands; - together with prayers on certain public occasions;  and addresses to candidates for Holy Orders:  to young persons offering themselves for confirmation within that Diocese:  and at the consecration of a chapel and burial ground in the city of Caracas.
COLERIDGE Rev. W.H. Charges delivered to the Clergy of the Diocese of Barbados and the Leeward Islands; - together with prayers on certain public occasions;  and addresses to candidates for Holy Orders:  to young persons offering themselves for confirmation within that Diocese:  and at the consecration of a chapel and burial ground in the city of Caracas.COLERIDGE Rev. W.H. Charges delivered to the Clergy of the Diocese of Barbados and the Leeward Islands; - together with prayers on certain public occasions;  and addresses to candidates for Holy Orders:  to young persons offering themselves for confirmation within that Diocese:  and at the consecration of a chapel and burial ground in the city of Caracas.
COLERIDGE Rev. W.H. Charges delivered to the Clergy of the Diocese of Barbados and the Leeward Islands; - together with prayers on certain public occasions; and addresses to candidates for Holy Orders: to young persons offering themselves for confirmation within that Diocese: and at the consecration of a chapel and burial ground in the city of Caracas.

London (1835)
x + 324pp + 44pp + 4 hand coloured folding maps. 1st ed., fine in original cloth with later paper label.
Includes chapters on Antigua and British Guiana with maps of each. A rare work with details of the final abolition of slavery. The author was uncle of H.N. Coleridge.
£280.00


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


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


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


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


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.
£160.00


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.
£60.00


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.
£400.00


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.
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.
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.
£3,000.00


STEDMAN Cap. J.G. Narrative of a five years
STEDMAN Cap. J.G. Narrative of a five yearsSTEDMAN Cap. J.G. Narrative of a five yearsSTEDMAN Cap. J.G. Narrative of a five years
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..

London (1806)
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
£14,000.00


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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.
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SHEPPARD John Granville Sharp, Father of the Anti-Slavery Movement in Britain. Published by the author 2007 32pp, 1st ed., fine in card covers.
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