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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.

Postage and packing is extra but costs are kept to a minimum.  On overseas orders I can offer cheap shipping per airmail M Bag service where total weight is over 1.5kg (3lbs) Cost will be advised after you have submitted your order and before payment is taken.


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STEWART John A View of the Past and Present State of Jamaica; - with remarks on the moral and physical condition of slaves, and on the abolition of slavery in the colonies.
STEWART John A View of the Past and Present State of Jamaica; - with remarks on the moral and physical condition of slaves, and on the abolition of slavery in the colonies.
STEWART John A View of the Past and Present State of Jamaica; - with remarks on the moral and physical condition of slaves, and on the abolition of slavery in the colonies.

Edinburgh: Oliver & Boyd (1823)
xiii + 363pp. 1st ed., browning to first and last few pages otherwise mostly clean in modern quarter calf.
The author holds that the planters have at times been unfairly accused but that their advocates have also been too prone to vindicate indiscriminately. Approves of abolition but is opposed to sudden emancipation. Supports the work of the sectarists and religious toleration. (Ragatz)
£375.00


GOSSE Philip H. Gosse
GOSSE Philip H. Gosse's Jamaica, 1844-45

Institute of Jamaica (1984)
xv + 195pp + plates. 1st ed., clean in faded D/W.
£12.00


CUNDALL Frank The Governors of Jamaica in the first half of the eighteenth century.
CUNDALL Frank The Governors of Jamaica in the first half of the eighteenth century.

West India Committee, London (1937)
xxxi + 177pp + 24 plates and 3 folding plans. 1st ed. Ex library with label on f.e.p. and small h/s's on a number of pages otherwise clean in original slightly faded cloth.
Important historical study.
£18.00


JAMAICA Friends of the Georgian Society of Jamaica 2010 Tour
JAMAICA Friends of the Georgian Society of Jamaica 2010 Tour

F.G.S.J. (2010)
26 large pp. Fine in D/W.
Colour photos and line drawings of Georgian architecture in Jamaica.
£15.00


NETTLEFORD Rex Roots and Rhythms: Jamaica
NETTLEFORD Rex Roots and Rhythms: Jamaica's National Dance Theatre

Andre Deutsch (1969)
1st ed., clean in D/W.
£6.00


JAMAICA AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY The Farmer
JAMAICA AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY The Farmer's Guide

Jamaica Agricultural Society (1954)
835pp + xxxvi. 1st ed., very fine in fine original cloth.
Detailed guide to growing crops in Jamaica with many old advertisements.
£45.00


SMITH May Jeffrey Bird watching in Jamaica.
SMITH May Jeffrey Bird watching in Jamaica.

Pioneer Press, Kingston (1956)
159pp + plates (some in colour), 1st ed., some tone spotting, pages thumbed but a scarce work.
Attractive illustrations by the author's daughter (?)
£6.00


ROBERTSON E. Arnot The Spanish Town Papers: Some Sidelights on the American War of Independence.
ROBERTSON E. Arnot The Spanish Town Papers: Some Sidelights on the American War of Independence.

Cresset Press (1959)
199pp + plates. 1st ed., fine in worn D/W.
£5.00


WRIGHT Philip Exploring Jamaica. A guide for motorists
WRIGHT Philip Exploring Jamaica. A guide for motorists

W.W. Norton & Co (1969)
254pp + plates. 1st ed., clean in D/W.
£5.00


MACMILLAN Judy Ann My Jamaica. The Paintings of Judy Ann Mac Millan
MACMILLAN Judy Ann My Jamaica. The Paintings of Judy Ann Mac Millan

Macmillan (2004)
155 large pp. 1st ed., fine in fine D/W.
£14.00


BRIDGES Rev. George Wilson The Annals of Jamaica.
BRIDGES Rev. George Wilson The Annals of Jamaica.

Frank Cass & Co Ltd (1968)
2 vols. xii + 604pp + xii + 505pp + [1] errata. Facsimile reprint of 1828 1st ed. Clean in original cloth, spines faded.
The author was strongly in favour of slavery and anti Methodist. The book was taken off the market by court order following action brought against the publisher by two free persons of colour, Lescesne and Escoffery, who had been deported from Jamaica unjustly, because of the libel it contained about them. (Ragatz)
£40.00


METCALF George Royal Government and Political Conflict in Jamaica 1729-1783
METCALF George Royal Government and Political Conflict in Jamaica 1729-1783

Longmans (1965)
xii + 256pp + plates. 1st ed., with bookplate of Lesley Lewis, fine in fine D/W.
£24.00


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

Frank Cass (1971)
510pp + folding map. Facsimile reprint of the 1873 ed., fine in slightly torn D/W.
£27.00


BARRINGER Tim and FORRESTER G. & MARTINEZ-RUIZ B. Art and Emancipation in Jamaica: Isaac Mendes Belisario and His Worlds
BARRINGER Tim and FORRESTER G. & MARTINEZ-RUIZ B. Art and Emancipation in Jamaica: Isaac Mendes Belisario and His Worlds

Yale Centre for British Art (2007)
xix + 592 large pp. 1st ed., fine in fine D/W.
£90.00


OLIVIER Lord Jamaica: The Blessed Island
OLIVIER Lord Jamaica: The Blessed Island

Faber & Faber Ltd (1936)
xviii + 466pp + plates and folding map. 1st ed., clean in worn cloth.
History of the island from a colonial point of view.
£32.00


BINNEY Marcus Jamaica
BINNEY Marcus Jamaica's Heritage: An Untapped Resource

The Mill Press, Kingston (1991)
88 large pp. 1st ed., fine in card covers.
£25.00


PHILLIPPO James M. Jamaica:  its past and present state.
PHILLIPPO James M. Jamaica: its past and present state.

John Snow, London (1843)
xvi + 485pp + 8 of 10 engraved plates. 1st ed. mostly clean but with some foxing on plates in original blue cloth, rebacked with some loss of original spine. Sadly missing two plates.
The author was a Baptist missionary who spent 20 years in Jamaica. Geographical, historical and social surveys are included but greatest value lies in his description of the religious state of the island.
£40.00


PINTO Geoffrey de Sola Jamaican Houses: A Vanishing Legacy
PINTO Geoffrey de Sola Jamaican Houses: A Vanishing Legacy

De Sola Pinto Publishers (1993)
40 large pp. Clean in worn card covers.
£7.00


HALL Douglas Free Jamaica, 1838-65
HALL Douglas Free Jamaica, 1838-65

Caribbean History Reprint Series (1981)
x + 290pp. Reprint of 1959 ed., fine in card covers.
£8.00


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HORRY David The Riddle of the ‘Registered’ Ovals of Jamaica and Trinidad 1949  –  1962 B.W.I.S.C. 2017 xxii + 224 large pp. 1st ed., new in card covers. In March 2015 David Horry won a Julian Chapman Scholarship, via The Royal Philatelic Society London to travel to Jamaica and try to get to the bottom of this fascinating mystery. What he has discovered may change the way we view the use of the Colonial mails in a period before telephone tapping and hacking became the norm. The Cold War was warming up, just as the sun was slowly setting on the British Empire: and the so-called ‘Registered’ Ovals started their intriguing life as instruments of surveillance!
£20

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1822 (28 June) EL to Miss Eliza Forbes in London from Edinburgh concerning the family in Jamaica. 3pp. Clean. 'Residing at a plantation called Leeds which George has bought and that he experiences every attention and is as happy as the life of a Planter can be.'
£9

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J.W. CLEARY Myrtle Bank Hotel - Back, Jamaica. Old Jamaica postcard, circa 1907, fine unused.
£7

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1921-9 Jamaica 1½d (SG96), part sheet of 20, couple of tone spots otherwise u.m. Impressive.
£18

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HART Richard The life and resurrection of Marcus Garvey. Karia Press 2002 87pp + illustrations. Paperback. Mint condition.
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