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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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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


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


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


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