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Below is a list of my stock of old secondhand and antiquarian books on Bahamas for sale.
There are a number of early guide books on the Bahamas which I could recommend. Mary Mosely's Bahamas hand book of 1926 is not uncommon and makes a good starting point for a collection. There are few early works on the Out Islands.
|CATESBY Mark The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands: - Containing the Figures of Birds, Beasts, Fishes, Serpents, Insects and Plants:|
The Behive Press (1974)
xiv + 107 large pp + coloured folding maps inside end papers, 6 colour plates and many B & W plates. Facsimile of the 1771, third edition, fine in worn and slightly marked original full calf. Large folio.
Seldom seen in full calf binding.
|PARSONS E.C. Folk tales of Andros Island, Bahamas.|
American Folk-Lore Society, New York (1918)
Half title + xx + 167pp + . 1st ed., clean in original maroon cloth with worn spine plus a dent affecting boards at right but barely affecting pages.
Stories in local dialect also songs.
|PEGGS Deans A short history of the Bahamas.|
Nassau Daily Tribune (1951)
36pp + folding map. 1st ed., clean in pink card covers.
|PEGGS Deans A short history of the Bahamas.|
Dean Peggs Research Fund (1959)
45pp + plates and folding map. 3rd ed., foxing to covers otherwise clean in blue card covers.
|BAHAMAS A Selection of Historic Buildings of the Bahamas. - A booklet of the exhibition held at the Public Records Office, Mackey Street, 17-25 February 1975.|
44pp. Clean in card covers.
|BAHAMAS Archives Exhibition. Junkanoo. - A booklet of the exhibition held at the Art Gallery Jumbey Village 13 February - 3 March 1978.|
Ministry of Education and Culture (1978)
45pp. Clean in card covers.
History of Carnival.
|BAHAMAS Archives Exhibition. The Bahamas during the World Wars 1914-1918 and 1939-1945.|
Department of Archives (1985)
55pp. Clean in card covers.
|BAHAMAS Nassau and the Treasure Islands of the Bahamas.|
Development Board, Nassau (1930 (circa))
24 large pp. Fine in pictorial card covers.
Includes many fine photo views of the Out Islands as well as Nassau.
|DODGE Steve and MALONE Vernon A Guide and History of Hope Town.|
White Sound Press (1985)
48pp. 1st ed., fine in card covers.
|DODGE Steve The first loyalist settlements in Abaco, Carleton and Marsh's Harbour.|
Wyannie Malone Historical Museum (1979)
10pp. 1st ed., fine in card covers.
|POWLES L.D. The Land of the Pink Pearl - or recollections of life in the Bahamas.|
xi + 321pp + folding map and frontispiece. 1st ed., clean in original cloth, spine faded.
Fascinating account of life in the islands by an English circuit judge. Much on abuse of the apprentice system.
|BRITTON Nathaniel Lord and MILLSPAUGH Charles Frederick The Bahama Flora.|
New York: Published by the authors (1920)
viii + 695pp. 1st ed., ex reference library with label on inside rear cover, mark on spine and a couple of small h/s's otherwise clean in original blue cloth.
|MALCOLM Harcourt A history of the Bahamas House of Assembly.|
Nassau: The Nassau Guardian (1921)
viii + 83pp + x + photo frontispiece. 1st ed., fine in original cloth.
|BACON Edgar Mayhew Notes on Nassau. - The capital of the Bahamas.|
New York (1926)
113pp + adverts. 1st ed., clean in original brown card covers.
Guide to Nassau. Very scarce.
|STARK J.H. Stark's History and Guide to the Bahama Islands.|
x + 243pp + ads, plates and folding maps. 1st ed., very fine in original pictorial cloth with slightly faded spine.
|NORTHCROFT G.J.H. Sketches of Summerland, giving some account of Nassau and the Bahama Islands.|
Nassau: Nassau Guardian (1900)
309pp + folding maps and plates. 1st ed., very fine in slightly worn original pictorial cloth.
|McCUTCHEON John & Evelyn The Island Song Book. Treasure Island, Bahamas. - Being a collection of our favourite Ballads, Anthems, Lullabies and Dirges of this particular section of the Bahama Islands.|
Privately printed at the Chicago Tribune Tower (1927)
58pp. 1st ed., very fine in original card covers.
|BRUCE P.H. Memoirs of Peter Henry Bruce, Esq., - a military officer in the services of Prussia, Russia, and Great Britain, containing an account of his travels in Germany, Russia, Tartary, Turkey, and the West Indies, &c, as also several very interesting private anecdotes of the Czar, Peter 1 of Russia.|
xv + 527pp. 4to. 2nd ed., mostly clean in fine original full calf boards with new spine and label.
Includes one of the first detailed accounts of the Bahamas (50pp).