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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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FOWLER John A Summary Account of the Present Flourishing state of the Respectable Colony of Tobago - in the British West Indies.  Illustrated with a map and plan of its settlement, agreeably to the Sales by his Majesty
FOWLER John A Summary Account of the Present Flourishing state of the Respectable Colony of Tobago - in the British West Indies.  Illustrated with a map and plan of its settlement, agreeably to the Sales by his MajestyFOWLER John A Summary Account of the Present Flourishing state of the Respectable Colony of Tobago - in the British West Indies.  Illustrated with a map and plan of its settlement, agreeably to the Sales by his Majesty
FOWLER John A Summary Account of the Present Flourishing state of the Respectable Colony of Tobago - in the British West Indies. Illustrated with a map and plan of its settlement, agreeably to the Sales by his Majesty's Commissioners.

London: Printed for A. Grant, Catherine Street, Strand (1774)
80pp + detailed hand coloured folding map in pocket at rear. 1st ed. very fine in old quarter calf with marbled boards. The map has been reinforced on the back but is complete and in fine condition. 22.5 x 17"
Gives a detailed record of property sales from 1766 and shows the lots still available for purchase together with information on the state of the island. The map, which is dated 1773, is similar to the 1776 Byres plan but smaller and is unrecorded by Tooley. Ragatz p. 224; Sabin, 25309.
£12,500.00


ANON Tabago [sic]: or, a geographical description, natural and civil history, together with a full representation of the produce, and other advantages arising from the fertility, excellent harbours, and happy situation of that famous island
ANON Tabago [sic]: or, a geographical description, natural and civil history, together with a full representation of the produce, and other advantages arising from the fertility, excellent harbours, and happy situation of that famous islandANON Tabago [sic]: or, a geographical description, natural and civil history, together with a full representation of the produce, and other advantages arising from the fertility, excellent harbours, and happy situation of that famous island
ANON Tabago [sic]: or, a geographical description, natural and civil history, together with a full representation of the produce, and other advantages arising from the fertility, excellent harbours, and happy situation of that famous island

London: Printed for W. Reeves ([1749])
89pp + folding map. 2nd ed., title page with small stain at base which also affects margin of map. Text slightly browned otherwise fine in recent blue sugar papers.
Very rare, especially with the map.
£1,800.00


CARNEGIE James Some aspects of Jamaica
CARNEGIE James Some aspects of Jamaica's Politics. - 1918 - 1938.

Institute of Jamaica (1973)
194pp + plates. 1st ed., fine in worn D/W.
£35.00


ANON Bermuda
ANON Bermuda

Robert O. Clifford, St Georges, Bermuda (1905)
40pp. 1st ed., fine in card covers. 10 x 8"
Photo views of the island.
£45.00


ANON Sixteen Popular Views of Bermuda
ANON Sixteen Popular Views of Bermuda

H.A. & E. Smith, Hamilton, Bermuda (1905 (circa))
16pp. 1st ed., fine in card covers. 10 x 7"
Photo views of the island.
£35.00


RENNY Robert An history of Jamaica. - With observations on the climate, scenery, trade, productions, negroes, slave trade, diseases of Europeans, customs, manners and dispositions of the inhabitants.
RENNY Robert An history of Jamaica. - With observations on the climate, scenery, trade, productions, negroes, slave trade, diseases of Europeans, customs, manners and dispositions of the inhabitants.
RENNY Robert An history of Jamaica. - With observations on the climate, scenery, trade, productions, negroes, slave trade, diseases of Europeans, customs, manners and dispositions of the inhabitants.

J. Cawthorn, London (1807)
xx + 333pp + [2] publisher's catalogue + large folding map. 1st ed. 4to, lacking half title, repair to title page, some sporadic light brown staining throughout. Modern half calf with marbled boards.
Very scarce.
£525.00


CAMPBELL John Candid and Impartial Considerations on the Nature of the Sugar Trade; The Comparative Importance of the British and French Islands in the West-Indies: with The Value and Consequence of St. Lucia and Granada, truly stated.
CAMPBELL John Candid and Impartial Considerations on the Nature of the Sugar Trade; The Comparative Importance of the British and French Islands in the West-Indies: with The Value and Consequence of St. Lucia and Granada, truly stated.CAMPBELL John Candid and Impartial Considerations on the Nature of the Sugar Trade; The Comparative Importance of the British and French Islands in the West-Indies: with The Value and Consequence of St. Lucia and Granada, truly stated.CAMPBELL John Candid and Impartial Considerations on the Nature of the Sugar Trade; The Comparative Importance of the British and French Islands in the West-Indies: with The Value and Consequence of St. Lucia and Granada, truly stated.
CAMPBELL John Candid and Impartial Considerations on the Nature of the Sugar Trade; The Comparative Importance of the British and French Islands in the West-Indies: with The Value and Consequence of St. Lucia and Granada, truly stated.

London: Printed for R. Baldwin in Pater-noster Row. (1763)
228pp + 3 hand coloured folding maps. 1st ed., minor tears to two of the maps without loss, later end papers otherwise fine in old full calf binding with recent spine.
This work is a classic in the field of colonial and Caribbean literature, embodying as it does one of the clearest statements of eighteenth century philosophy regarding the relations which should exist between a metropole and its outlying possessions. (Ragatz) Written just after Britain had acquired Grenada and St Lucia from France following the Peace of Paris.
£900.00


KENNEDY Sister Jean de Chantal Biography of a Colonial Town: Hamilton, Bermuda 1790-1897
KENNEDY Sister Jean de Chantal Biography of a Colonial Town: Hamilton, Bermuda 1790-1897

The Bermuda Book Stores (1963)
400pp + folding maps and plates. 2nd ed., inscription on title page and minor foxing to page edges only otherwise clean in slightly worn D/W.
£12.00


U.S. BOARD ON GEOGRAPHIC NAMES British West Indies and Bermuda; official standard names approved by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names
U.S. BOARD ON GEOGRAPHIC NAMES British West Indies and Bermuda; official standard names approved by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names

Washington (1955)
157 large pp. 1st ed., fine in card covers.
Detailed listing of towns, villages, places and islands
£40.00


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 pages otherwise mostly clean in modern half 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


MALENFANT Colonel Des Colonies, et particulierement de celle de Saint-Domingue; memoire historique et politique
MALENFANT Colonel Des Colonies, et particulierement de celle de Saint-Domingue; memoire historique et politique
MALENFANT Colonel Des Colonies, et particulierement de celle de Saint-Domingue; memoire historique et politique

Paris (1814)
xii + 334pp + index [2] + errata {1]. 1st ed., slightly browned, in modern half calf with new end papers.
Much on Toussaint Louverture. Rare.
£475.00


BROWN Charles B. and SAWKINS J.G. Reports on the Physical, Descriptive, and Economic Geology of British Guiana
BROWN Charles B. and SAWKINS J.G. Reports on the Physical, Descriptive, and Economic Geology of British Guiana

Printed for Her Majesty's Stationery Office and sold by Longmans, Green, & Co. and Edward Stanford (1875)
iv + 297pp + folding map and large folding map in rear pocket. 1st ed., clean in worn original cloth. Former owner name, G.R. Sandbach, on inner cover.
£375.00


HAMMOND Norman Lubaantun, 1926-70: The British Museum in British Honduras
HAMMOND Norman Lubaantun, 1926-70: The British Museum in British Honduras

Trustees of the British Museum (1972)
48pp. 1st ed., fine in card covers.
£10.00


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.
£18.00


SOLA PINTO Geoffrey de Jamaican Houses, a vanishing legacy.
SOLA PINTO Geoffrey de Jamaican Houses, a vanishing legacy.

(1983)
40 large pp + 40 plates. Clean in D/W.
£14.00


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