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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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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


STARK J.H. Stark
STARK J.H. Stark's illustrated Bermuda Guide: - containing a description of everything on or about these places of which the visitor or resident may desire information, including their history, inhabitants, climate, agriculture, geology, government and resources.

Boston (1890)
157pp + ads + fine photo plates and two folding maps. Original pictorial cloth faded and slightly stained.
Very good early guide book.
£50.00


RUTTER Owen At the Three Sugar Loaves and Crown.  A brief history of the firm of Messrs. Davison, Newman & Company - now incorporated with the West Indian Produce Association Limited.
RUTTER Owen At the Three Sugar Loaves and Crown. A brief history of the firm of Messrs. Davison, Newman & Company - now incorporated with the West Indian Produce Association Limited.

Davison, Newman & Co (1938)
39pp + plates. 1st ed., clean in original boards.
History of London shop established in 1650 selling West Indian produce. Chapter on Rose Hall Estate in St Thomas in the Vale, Jamaica.
£18.00


RILEY Norman D. A Field Guide to the Butterflies of the West Indies.
RILEY Norman D. A Field Guide to the Butterflies of the West Indies.

Collins (1975)
224pp + 24 colour plates. 1st ed., very fine in very good D/W.
£12.00


FRISSELL Toni Bermuda Peaceful Islands.
FRISSELL Toni Bermuda Peaceful Islands.

Bermuda Trade Development Board (1948 (circa))
20pp + folding map. Fine in paper covers.
£16.00


BERMUDA Views of St Georges Bermuda
BERMUDA Views of St Georges Bermuda

Robert O. Clifford, Bermuda (1900 (circa))
31pp. Minor foxing to title page otherwise clean in card covers. 9 x 6.5"
Photo views of the town
£75.00


WEISS Wiliam Bermuda Illustrated
WEISS Wiliam Bermuda Illustrated
WEISS Wiliam Bermuda Illustrated

Wm Weiss & Co., Hamilton, Bermuda (1910 (circa))
48pp. Small stain in margin of last few pages otherwise clean in original card covers. 9.75 x 8"
Fine photo views of the islands.
£75.00


SAVAGE Ernest A. The Libraries of Bermuda, the Bahamas, The British West Indies, British Guiana, British Honduras, Puerto Rico, and the American Virgin Islands: a report to the Carnegie Corporation of New York
SAVAGE Ernest A. The Libraries of Bermuda, the Bahamas, The British West Indies, British Guiana, British Honduras, Puerto Rico, and the American Virgin Islands: a report to the Carnegie Corporation of New York

Library Association, London (1934)
xi + 103pp + plates. 1st ed., ex library with a few small h/s's and labels on end papers, bound in quarter calf retaining original card covers.
Very scarce.
£90.00


GURNEY J.J. A winter in the West Indies. - Described in familiar letters to Henry Clay, of Kentucky.
GURNEY J.J. A winter in the West Indies. - Described in familiar letters to Henry Clay, of Kentucky.

London (1841)
282pp + 2 engraved views of Jamaica + printer's ads. 3rd ed., very clean apart from the two plates which are toned as usual, in original blind stamped cloth with bumped corners not affecting pages and defect to top of spine.
Gurney was a Quaker emancipationist. Chapters on Antigua, Dominica, Jamaica, St Kitts, St Thomas, Tortola and Cuba.
£75.00


HALLIDAY Andrew The West Indies: The Natural and Physical History of the Windward and Leeward Colonies; with some account of the Moral, Social, and Political Condition of their inhabitants, immediately before and after the Abolition of Negro Slavery
HALLIDAY Andrew The West Indies: The Natural and Physical History of the Windward and Leeward Colonies; with some account of the Moral, Social, and Political Condition of their inhabitants, immediately before and after the Abolition of Negro SlaveryHALLIDAY Andrew The West Indies: The Natural and Physical History of the Windward and Leeward Colonies; with some account of the Moral, Social, and Political Condition of their inhabitants, immediately before and after the Abolition of Negro Slavery
HALLIDAY Andrew The West Indies: The Natural and Physical History of the Windward and Leeward Colonies; with some account of the Moral, Social, and Political Condition of their inhabitants, immediately before and after the Abolition of Negro Slavery

John William Parker, London (1837)
viii + 408pp + 3 folding maps and a table. 1st ed., map of Barbados slightly torn along folds but without loss, edges of leaves darkened otherwise clean in half calf with marbled boards.
The author was Deputy Inspector General of Army Hospitals and visited Barbados, British Guiana and Trinidad in 1833.
£320.00


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