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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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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


BOURNE Gloria The Settler
BOURNE Gloria The Settler's Handbook for the U.S. Virgin Islands

Douglas S. Burns Productions (1987)
114pp. 8th ed., clean in card covers.
£6.00


KING Jacqueline A. The Bi-Centennial Handbook 1779 - 1979
KING Jacqueline A. The Bi-Centennial Handbook 1779 - 1979

Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (1979)
vi + 210 large pp. 1st ed., fine in card covers.
£18.00


PARISER Harry S. The Adventure Guide to the Virgin Islands
PARISER Harry S. The Adventure Guide to the Virgin Islands

MPC Hunter (1989)
206pp. 1st ed., fine in card covers.
£4.00


VIRGIN ISLANDS The Virgin Islands. A description of the commercial value of the Danish West Indies
VIRGIN ISLANDS The Virgin Islands. A description of the commercial value of the Danish West Indies

National Bank of Commerce in New York (1917)
34pp + plates. Small library h/s on cover but without any other marks. Clean in card covers.
£15.00


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 good D/W.
£32.00


STYCOS J. Malone and BACK Kurt W. The control of human fertility in Jamaica
STYCOS J. Malone and BACK Kurt W. The control of human fertility in Jamaica

Cornell University Press (1964)
xii + 377pp. 1st ed., minor foxing to page edges otherwise clean in worn D/W.
Birth control
£12.00


DOWNING E.C. 50 Years - Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the transfer of the Virgin Islands from Denmark to the United States of America, March 31, 1967
DOWNING E.C. 50 Years - Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the transfer of the Virgin Islands from Denmark to the United States of America, March 31, 1967

St Thomas Friends of Denmark Society (1967)
72 large pp. 1st ed., fine in orange card covers.
Historical articles on different aspects of life in the Virgin Islands by various authors.
£8.00


FERGUS Howard A. Montserrat. Emerald Isle of the Caribbean
FERGUS Howard A. Montserrat. Emerald Isle of the Caribbean

Macmillan Caribbean (1992)
88pp. Clean in card covers.
£6.00


HANNAH Rev J. The Story of the Wreck of the Maria Mail Boat: - with a memoir of Mrs Hincksman, the only survivor.
HANNAH Rev J. The Story of the Wreck of the Maria Mail Boat: - with a memoir of Mrs Hincksman, the only survivor.HANNAH Rev J. The Story of the Wreck of the Maria Mail Boat: - with a memoir of Mrs Hincksman, the only survivor.
HANNAH Rev J. The Story of the Wreck of the Maria Mail Boat: - with a memoir of Mrs Hincksman, the only survivor.

Wesleyan Conference Office London (1890 (circa))
96pp + 3 plates and engraved frontispiece. Occasional stains otherwise clean in original cloth.
Description of the loss of the mail boat Maria off the coast of Antigua in 1826.
£45.00


BARCLAYS BANK British West Indies
BARCLAYS BANK British West Indies
BARCLAYS BANK British West Indies

London (1952)
64pp. 1st ed., fine in card covers.
Brief guide to the islands with short sections on each island and good B7 W photo illustrations.
£14.00


HOYOS F.A. Barbados. - A history from the Amerindians to Independence.
HOYOS F.A. Barbados. - A history from the Amerindians to Independence.

Macmillan (1978)
viii + 293pp. Clean in worn D/W.
£6.00


BARCLAYS BANK The British Caribbean
BARCLAYS BANK The British Caribbean
BARCLAYS BANK The British Caribbean

Barclays Bank (1960 (circa))
105pp. Fine in spiral ring binding.
Economic overview of the islands with fine colour and B & W photo plates
£16.00


CHRISTIANI & NIELSEN Development of Harbour Facilities in Kingston with a proposal for a Free Port. - A report prepared for the Industrial Development Corporation
CHRISTIANI & NIELSEN Development of Harbour Facilities in Kingston with a proposal for a Free Port. - A report prepared for the Industrial Development Corporation

(1954)
58 + 16 + 21 + drawings and plans. Bound in blue cloth. Fine.
Detailed report including proposed new harbour facilities and information on existing free ports around the world.
£75.00


ALLEYNE Warren Barbados at War 1939-1945. - An historical account.
ALLEYNE Warren Barbados at War 1939-1945. - An historical account.

Barbados (1999)
40pp. 1st ed., fine in card covers.
Well illustrated history with much on U Boat war.
£6.00


FRASER Henry and HUGHES Ronnie Historic Houses of Barbados
FRASER Henry and HUGHES Ronnie Historic Houses of Barbados

The Barbados National Trust and Art Heritage Publications (1986)
96 large pp. 1st ed., clean in worn card covers.
£15.00


ROACH Patrick The Bridge - Barbados
ROACH Patrick The Bridge - Barbados

Coles Printery (n.d.)
153pp. Clean in card covers.
Chapters on different aspects of Barbadian history.
£8.00


 The Substance of a Speech Delivered by Joseph Marryat, Esq. in the House of Commons, Upon Mr. Hume
 The Substance of a Speech Delivered by Joseph Marryat, Esq. in the House of Commons, Upon Mr. Hume The Substance of a Speech Delivered by Joseph Marryat, Esq. in the House of Commons, Upon Mr. Hume
The Substance of a Speech Delivered by Joseph Marryat, Esq. in the House of Commons, Upon Mr. Hume's Motion for Appointing a Commission of Enquiry on the State of The Island of Trinidad - bound with 'The Crisis Of Spain'

London: Printed by W. Hughes, Maiden Lane, Covent Garden (1823)
xii + 115 pp + [ii] + 81 + [i] pp Original half red morocco over marbled boards, gilt. Some wear to extremities and spine faded; otherwise a very good copy
The Crisis of Spain was published anonymously, but is attributed to Sir Douglas Howard, 3rd baronet (1776-1861), a soldier and colonial administrator. Sir Joseph Marryat (1757-1824) was a West India merchant who served as agent for Trinidad, c.1807- 15. Marryat provides a critique of British colonial policy as applied to Trinidad, which had been captured from Spain in 1797. Spanish laws still applied on the island and this was a grievance which had caused the inhabitants to petition the Commons. Particularly at issue were Spanish commercial and land law and the use of torture against the free, as opposed to slave, inhabitants. Marryat refers briefly to the notorious torture case against Governor Picton, supporting him on the grounds that Picton was merely using an old British cavalry punishment rather than Spanish torture.
£420.00


BACON E.M. The new Jamaica. - Describing the island, explaining its conditions of life and growth and discussing its mercantile relations and potential importance.
BACON E.M. The new Jamaica. - Describing the island, explaining its conditions of life and growth and discussing its mercantile relations and potential importance.
BACON E.M. The new Jamaica. - Describing the island, explaining its conditions of life and growth and discussing its mercantile relations and potential importance.

Walbridge & Co, New York (1890)
243pp + plates and two folding maps. Original pictorial cloth, front hinge loose, contents fine.
Attractive woodcut illusts. accompany good guided tour of island. A scarce work.
£60.00


CUNDALL Frank Studies in Jamaican History.
CUNDALL Frank Studies in Jamaican History.
CUNDALL Frank Studies in Jamaican History.

Sampson Low, Marston and Co (1900)
78pp + plates. 1st ed., some light foxing otherwise clean in worn and marked pictorial cloth.
A scarce work with attractive line drawings.
£50.00


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