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Below is a list of my stock of old secondhand and antiquarian books on Jamaica for sale.

A large library of books on Jamaica can be formed.  The bibliography of books on Jamaica by Frank Cundall is worth acquiring and fortunately a reprint has been published.  This book is not in stock at the moment though.

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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


GARDNER W.J. A History of Jamaica from Its Discovery By Christopher Columbus to the Year 1872.  - Including an Account of its Trade and Agriculture; Sketches of the Manners, Habits, and Customs of all Classes of its Inhabitants
GARDNER W.J. A History of Jamaica from Its Discovery By Christopher Columbus to the Year 1872.  - Including an Account of its Trade and Agriculture; Sketches of the Manners, Habits, and Customs of all Classes of its Inhabitants
GARDNER W.J. A History of Jamaica from Its Discovery By Christopher Columbus to the Year 1872. - Including an Account of its Trade and Agriculture; Sketches of the Manners, Habits, and Customs of all Classes of its Inhabitants

London: T. Fisher Unwin (1909)
xvi + 510pp + folding map. Mostly clean in original slightly marked cloth.
£50.00


[EGERTON Charles Calvert] The Journal of an Unfortunate Prisoner, on board the British Prison Ship Loyalist, in Jamaica, - from November 1, 1812 to April 5, 1813. Together with some interesting occurrences on his passage home.
[EGERTON Charles Calvert] The Journal of an Unfortunate Prisoner, on board the British Prison Ship Loyalist, in Jamaica, - from November 1, 1812 to April 5, 1813. Together with some interesting occurrences on his passage home.
[EGERTON Charles Calvert] The Journal of an Unfortunate Prisoner, on board the British Prison Ship Loyalist, in Jamaica, - from November 1, 1812 to April 5, 1813. Together with some interesting occurrences on his passage home.

Baltimore: Printed for the author (n.d.)
82pp. 1st ed., small piece missing from lower margin of first 8pp and last page torn with considerable loss. Otherwise clean in old worn half calf.
Concerning the war of 1812. Rare.
£250.00


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


GAUNT Mary Reflection in Jamaica.
GAUNT Mary Reflection in Jamaica.

London (1932)
viii + 258pp + plates. 1st ed., light tone spotting throughout but mostly affecting margins.
Description of day to day life in the island.
£9.00


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


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


ANON Art of Haiti and Jamaica. - A loan exhibition.
ANON Art of Haiti and Jamaica. - A loan exhibition.

Art Gallery Center for Inter-American Relations, New York (1968)
36 + 4pp. Clean in card covers.
£5.00


DE LISSER Herbert G. Jane
DE LISSER Herbert G. Jane's Career. A story of Jamaica.

Africana Pub. Co. (1971)
207pp. Reprint of 1914 ed., fine in original cloth.
Historical novel set in Jamaica.
£12.00


BOXER David Jamaican Art 1922-1982: Selections from the National Collectiion and works on extended loan to the National Gallery of Jamaica
BOXER David Jamaican Art 1922-1982: Selections from the National Collectiion and works on extended loan to the National Gallery of Jamaica

National Gallery of Jamaica (1983)
88 large pp. 1st ed., clean in card covers. Binding needs re-gluing.
£6.00


MACMILLAN Allister The West Indies Illustrated. - Historical and descriptive, commercial and industrial, facts, figures and resources.
MACMILLAN Allister The West Indies Illustrated. - Historical and descriptive, commercial and industrial, facts, figures and resources.

London (1909)
412 large pp + maps. 1st ed., clean in worn original cloth, rebacked with new end papers.
An important work with chapters on each island giving details of the companys on each island and with many fine photo plates. Substantial sections on Barbados, British Guiana, Jamaica and Trinidad. Scarce.
£165.00


WARD C.J. Worlds Fair.  Jamaica at Chicago. - An account descriptive of the colony of Jamaica with historical and other appendices.
WARD C.J. Worlds Fair. Jamaica at Chicago. - An account descriptive of the colony of Jamaica with historical and other appendices.

Wm. J. Pell, New York (1893)
95pp + folding map. 1st ed., ex Manchester Geographical Society library with small h/s on title page otherwise clean in original blue decorated cloth, shaken.
Good description of all the parishes of the island with attractive photo illustrations.
£20.00


UNDERHILL Edward Bean The Tragedy of Morant Bay. - A narrative of the disturbances in the island of Jamaica in 1865.
UNDERHILL Edward Bean The Tragedy of Morant Bay. - A narrative of the disturbances in the island of Jamaica in 1865.

London: Alexander & Shepheard (1895)
xix + 219pp. 1st ed., light to moderate tone spotting throughout. Clean original cloth binding.
£75.00


HILL S.A. Who
HILL S.A. Who's who in Jamaica. - A Biennial Biographical record containing the careers of principal public men and women of Jamaica.

Kingston (1916)
255pp + plates and advertisments. 1st ed., small stain affecting margin of last pages. Binding poor.
A valuable resource and a very scarce book on Jamaica.
£195.00


COLONIAL OFFICE Accounts and Papers: Thirty-Nine Volumes. Colonies - Jamaica. Session 1 February - 10 August 1866. Vol LI.
COLONIAL OFFICE Accounts and Papers: Thirty-Nine Volumes. Colonies - Jamaica. Session 1 February - 10 August 1866. Vol LI.

House of Commons (1866)
Includes, 'Copy of the Correspondence in relation to the Removal of Mr G.W. Gordon from the Magistracy in Jamaica.' (42pp) Copies of a letter from Dr Underhill (58pp) Copy or Extracts of correspondence between the Board of Admiralty and Admiral Hope on the conduct of naval officers in the recent deplorable occurrences in Jamaica (30pp) Copy of a despatch from Edward Cardwell to Sir H.K. Storks (262pp) Further Papers relative to the disturbances in Jamaica (45 + 27 + 279 + 106pp) Clean in modern quarter cloth. A few small library h/s's of 'The Law Society' otherwise clean.
£250.00


COLONIAL OFFICE Papers Relating To The Disturbances In Jamaica
COLONIAL OFFICE Papers Relating To The Disturbances In Jamaica

Houses of Parliament (1866)
5 parts. Part I. iv + 260pp, Part II. 45pp, Part III. 27pp. Folio. Bound with 'Report of the Jamaica Royal Commission, 1866,' 1162pp + large folding map. Bound in library cloth. Mostly very clean but title page of second part damaged and map of "County of Surrey in the Island of Jamaica' reinforced along folds.
Detailed contemporary analysis of the events surrounding the Morant Bay rebellion. Many fascinating eyewitness statements.
£450.00


TOWN PLANNING DEPARTMENT The National Atlas of Jamaica
TOWN PLANNING DEPARTMENT The National Atlas of Jamaica

Kingston, Jamaica (1971)
79 large pp. 1st ed., small library h/s on title page otherwise clean in tone spotted original card covers.
£45.00


1884 Report of the Royal Commission appointed in December 1882, to inquire into the Public Revenues, Expenditure, Debts, and Liabilities of the islands of Jamaica, Grenada, St Vincent, Tobago and St Lucia; and the Leeward Islands.
1884 Report of the Royal Commission appointed in December 1882, to inquire into the Public Revenues, Expenditure, Debts, and Liabilities of the islands of Jamaica, Grenada, St Vincent, Tobago and St Lucia; and the Leeward Islands.

H.M.S.O., London (1884)
4 parts bound in modern cloth. 246 + 203 + 193 + 23 + folding maps and charts. Small neat 'National Liberal Club' h/s on title page. Fine condition. Includes large folding map of Jamaica.
A very detailed report with transcripts of depositions from many sources giving a fascinating incite into the problems faced by the islands.
£300.00


HAKEWILL James A picturesque tour of the island of Jamaica. - From drawings made in the years 1820 and 1821.
HAKEWILL James A picturesque tour of the island of Jamaica. - From drawings made in the years 1820 and 1821.
HAKEWILL James A picturesque tour of the island of Jamaica. - From drawings made in the years 1820 and 1821.

The Mill Press Ltd (1990)
16pp + 21 plates + text, folio, 11 x 17" Facsimile ltd. ed. reprint of 1825 ed., no. 76 of 500 copies,very fine in full calf in slipcase.
500 copies printed, tof which only 100 were bound in full calf.
£600.00


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