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Below is a list of my stock of old secondhand and antiquarian books on the Virgin Islands comprising Tortola and the U.S. Virgin Islands of St Croix, St John and St Thomas for sale.
Much has been written on the former Danish West Indies, now the U.S. Virgin Islands but very little has been written on the British Virgin Islands.
|MORTON Henry Jackson Henry Morton: St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. John: Danish West Indian sketchbook and diary 1843-44|
Dansk Vestindisk Selskab & St. Croix Landmark Society (1975)
184 large pp. 1st ed., fine in fine D/W.
|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.
|ROTHE Dr C. Lidt om Vestindien|
12pp. 1st ed., clean in damaged paper covers, front cover detached.
|PHILLIPS Thomas A Journal of a Voyage made in the Hanibal of London, Ann. 1693, 1694, from England to Cape Monseradoe, in Africa, and thence along the coast of Guiney to Whidaw, the Island of St Thomas, and so forward to Barbadoes. - With a cursory account of the country, the people, their manners, forts, trade, &c.|
Extract from Churchill's Collected Voyages & Travels, London (1746)
69 large pp, 1st ed., folio. Fine in modern quarter calf with marbled boards.
Description of carrying slaves from Africa to the Caribbean with good description of St Thomas and a few observations on Barbados.
|HOVEY Sylvester Letters from the West Indies; - relating especially to the Danish island of St Croix, and to the British islands Antigua, Barbadoes and Jamaica.|
Gould & Newman, New York (1838)
212pp, 1st ed. Foxing throughout as usual, otherwise clean in later quarter cloth.
The author's letters are invaluable sources for the apprenticeship period in the three British islands visited but also contain well written accounts of the state of slavery and of island opposition to emancipation before 1834. (Ragatz)
|BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS Proposals for constitutional advance: - Report by the constitutional commissioners, Sir Colville Deverell and Mr Harvey L. da Costa.|
26pp. Fine in paper covers.
|HULL LOW R. and VALLS R. St John Backtime. - Eyewitness accounts from 1718 to 1956.|
Eden Hill Press, St John (1985)
94 large pp. 1st ed., fine in card covers.
Well illust. historical articles on different aspects of the island's history.
|JADAN D. A guide to the natural history of St John.|
Virgin Islands Conservation Society (1971)
73 large pp. 1st ed., clean in stained card covers.
Well illustrated guide to the islands wildlife and flora.
|LEWISOHN F. Divers information on the romantic history of St Croix. - From the time of Columbus until today.|
St Croix Landmarks Society (1964)
72pp. Reprint in card covers.
Well illustrated articles on the island's history.
|NEWMAN E.M. The Virgin Islands of the United States of America. - The Mentor No 161|
Mentor Assoc. (1918)
6pp + 6 loose sepia photo plates. 7 x 10in
Views of street scenes and formal lowering of the Danish flag.
|YORK N. Islands of beauty and bounty. - A historical profile of the Danish West Indies.|
St Croix (1986)
46pp. 1st ed., signed by author on title page, clean in card covers.
|DE BOOY Theodore and FARIS John T. The Virgin Islands. - Our New Possessions and the British Islands.|
J.B. Lippincott Co (1918)
292pp + plates and maps. 1st ed., clean in original cloth.
Many photo plates.
|LARSEN Jens Virgin Islands Story. - A history of the Lutheran State Church, other churches, slavery, education, and culture in the Danish West Indies, now the Virgin Islands.|
Muhlenberg Press (1950)
xii + 250pp + plates. 1st ed., clean in original cloth in very worn D/W.
|BALLOU Maturin M. Equatorial America. - Descriptive of a visit to St Thomas, Martinique, Barbadoes and the principal capitals of south america.|
Houghton, Mifflin & Co (1892)
x + 371pp. 1st ed., clean in original cloth.
|KNOX J.P. A historical account of St Thomas, W.I., - with its rise and progress in commerce; missions and churches; climate and its adaption to invalids; geological structure; natural history, and botany; and incidental notices of St Croix and St Johns; slave insurrections in these islands; emancipation and present conditions of laboring classes.|
New York (1852)
271pp + folding map and tinted litho frontispiece with most attractive view of town of St Thomas. Light tone spotting throughout, worse on map. Original blind stamped cloth, rebacked.
An important early history of the island.
|PORY J. John Pory's lost description of Plymouth Colony in the earliest days of the Pilgrim Fathers. - Together with contemporary accounts of English Colonization elsewhere in New England and in the Bermudas. Edited with an introduction and notes by Champlin Burrage.|
Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston & New York (1918)
xxiv + 65pp + folding plates. Ltd. ed., no. 135 of 365 copies. Very fine in original green cloth in worn slip case.
Includes folding facsimiles of Capt. John Smith's issue of Norwood's map as published in 1624 and also Norwood's map published in 1626.
|WEINSTEIN E.A. Cultural aspects of delusion. - A psychiatric study of the Virgin Islands.|
Free Press of Glencoe (1962)
215pp. 1st ed., fine in D/W.
|HENNINGSEN H. The Danish West Indies in old pictures.|
American-Danish Friendship Festival (1967)
1st ed., clean in card covers.
Old images of the islands, some taken from old postcards.
|TAYLOR C.E. Leaflets from the Danish West Indies: - descriptive of the social, political, and commercial condition of these islands. With a sketch of the author and a biographical sketch written by PH Linet.|
Wm Dawson & Sons, London (1888)
ix + 228pp + coloured plate + tinted frontispiece and engraved plate of author + ads. 1st ed., some tone spotting otherwise clean in original slightly worn decorated blue cloth.
Historical notes on St Thomas and St John illustrated with many engraved views. Very scarce.
|THOMAS R.C. Letters from the Virgin Islands: - illustrating life and manners in the West Indies.|
John Van Voorst, London (1843)
x + 286pp + map and publisher's catalogue. 1st ed., presentation copy from the publisher, 'To his respected friend William Yarrell, Esq. from John van Voorst' on half title. Fine in modern blue cloth.
Written anonymously by an English Colonial official and describing island life. Very scarce.