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There is a surprisingly rich resource of books on the West Indies.  Only a few books on the Caribbean are commonly found in bookshops but there are an enormous range of titles in existence.  There is a fine online bibliography of West Indies books, mostly sorted by author, compiled by Don Mitchell at http://books.ai

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BURNS Alan History of the British West Indies.
BURNS Alan History of the British West Indies.

G. Allen & Unwin (1954)
821pp. 1st ed. Very clean in good D/W.
Comprehensive history concentrating on period up to 1900. Highly recommended.
£65.00


HIGHAM C.S.S. The Development of the Leeward Islands Under the Restoration 1660-1688
HIGHAM C.S.S. The Development of the Leeward Islands Under the Restoration 1660-1688

Cambridge at the University Press (1921)
xiii + 266pp. 1st ed., very clean, still uncut, in worn original cloth.
Very scarce. Note pages will need to be separated with a sharp knife.
£90.00


CUNDALL Frank Jamaica in 1922. - A handbook of information for visitors and intending settlers with some account of the colony
CUNDALL Frank Jamaica in 1922. - A handbook of information for visitors and intending settlers with some account of the colony's history.

Institute of Jamaica (1922)
217pp + plates and folding map. Spine has small piece missing otherwise clean in original card covers.
£60.00


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M'CALLUM Pierre F. Travels in Trinidad During the Months of February, March, and April

Liverpool: Printed by and for W. Jones (1805)
xvi + 354pp + folding map and 2pp publisher's adverts. Some water staining affecting many pages and the map otherwise clean in modern half calf with new end papers.
£450.00


WILLIAMS C.R. A Tour through the island of Jamaica, from the western to the eastern end, in the year 1823
WILLIAMS C.R. A Tour through the island of Jamaica, from the western to the eastern end, in the year 1823WILLIAMS C.R. A Tour through the island of Jamaica, from the western to the eastern end, in the year 1823WILLIAMS C.R. A Tour through the island of Jamaica, from the western to the eastern end, in the year 1823
WILLIAMS C.R. A Tour through the island of Jamaica, from the western to the eastern end, in the year 1823

London: Printed for Hunt and Clarke (1826)
Half title + frontispiece + xviii + 352pp + 4 plates. 1st ed., very clean in contemporary half calf with marbled boards. A very fine copy.
The author found the slaves to be happy and content and attacks Wilberforce and the Methodist ministers.
£375.00


JAMAICA Report of the Standing Committee of the Chamber of Commerce, Jamaica, - upon the present condition of that colony, the causes of its depression, and the remedial measures necessary to restore its prosperity
JAMAICA Report of the Standing Committee of the Chamber of Commerce, Jamaica, - upon the present condition of that colony, the causes of its depression, and the remedial measures necessary to restore its prosperity

London (1847)
23pp. Fine in modern green cloth.
Scarce.
£85.00


STEPHEN James The Crisis of the Sugar Colonies; or, An enquiry into the objects and probable effects of the French Expedition to the West Indies; and their connection with the colonial interests of the British Empire
STEPHEN James The Crisis of the Sugar Colonies; or, An enquiry into the objects and probable effects of the French Expedition to the West Indies; and their connection with the colonial interests of the British Empire
STEPHEN James The Crisis of the Sugar Colonies; or, An enquiry into the objects and probable effects of the French Expedition to the West Indies; and their connection with the colonial interests of the British Empire

printed for J. Hatchard, Bookseller to Her Majesty, No. 190, (opposite York House,) Piccadilly., London (1802)
vii + 222pp + [1] publisher's catalogue. 1st ed., slightly browned but clean in modern half calf with new end papers.
Written by a leading British abolitionist on the impact of French activity in the West Indies on the colonial interests of Great Britain.
£450.00


CHIN ALEONG Joe The Picture Postcards of St Vincent and the Grenadines.
CHIN ALEONG Joe The Picture Postcards of St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Trinidad. (2010)
224pp, 2nd revised and enlarged ed., signed by the author on title page, fine in card covers.
Well illustrated detailed listing of postcards with detailed historical background notes.
£36.00


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.

London (1835)
x + 324pp + 44pp + 4 hand coloured folding maps. 1st ed., clean in original worn and faded cloth with original paper label.
Includes chapters on Antigua and British Guiana with maps of each. A scarce work with details of the final abolition of slavery. The author was uncle of H.N. Coleridge.
£250.00


JACOBS H.P. Sixty Years of Change, 1806-1866. - Progress and Reaction in Kingston and the countryside.
JACOBS H.P. Sixty Years of Change, 1806-1866. - Progress and Reaction in Kingston and the countryside.

Institute of Jamaica (1973)
122pp + plates. 1st ed., fine in marked and slightly torn D/W.
£25.00


1848 (9 Jun) An Act granting relief to the island of Tobago, - and for aiding the Colonies of British Guiana and Trinidad in raising money for the promotion of immigration of free labourers.
1848 (9 Jun) An Act granting relief to the island of Tobago, - and for aiding the Colonies of British Guiana and Trinidad in raising money for the promotion of immigration of free labourers.

H.M.S.O.
6pp
£6.00


TRINIDAD Seamen
TRINIDAD Seamen's Guide to Trinidad.

Yuille Co (1942 (circa))
48pp + folding map. Rusting and erosion caused by staples. Clean in orange card covers.
Useful information booklet for visiting sailors with details including the opening times of the V.D. clinic.
£16.00


BERMUDA Nature
BERMUDA Nature's Fairyland. Official Tourists Guide Book 1915-16

Bermuda Trade Development Board (1915)
64pp + folding map and colour frontispiece. 1st ed., clean in worn pictorial card covers.
£50.00


SEYMOUR A.J. An Anthology of Guianese Poetry
SEYMOUR A.J. An Anthology of Guianese Poetry

Vol. 6 No 19 Georgetown (1954)
111pp + adverts. 1st ed., clean in card covers.
£24.00


BECKETT J. Edgar Hints on Agriculture in British Guiana
BECKETT J. Edgar Hints on Agriculture in British Guiana

Daily Chronicle, Georgetown (1941)
184 + xiipp. 2nd ed., clean in card covers, rear cover damp stained.
£24.00


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