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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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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


ANON Trinidad. The Land of the Humming Bird.
ANON Trinidad. The Land of the Humming Bird.

Permanent Exhibition Committee of Trinidad and Tobago (1915 (circa))
48pp. Clean in card covers.
Guide book with map and photo illustrations.
£32.00


TRINIDAD Souvenir of Trinidad.
TRINIDAD Souvenir of Trinidad.

Wilsons Ltd. (1905 (Circa))
24pp. 1st ed., fine in card covers.
Photo views of the island plus advertisments for the store.
£75.00


BROOME Lady Colonial Memories
BROOME Lady Colonial Memories

Leipzig: Bernard Tauchnitz (1905)
270pp. Fine in worn half calf.
Includes chapter on Trinidad (30pp) also New Zealand, Natal and Western Australia
£40.00


VAQUERO Life and Adventures in the West Indies. - A sequel to Adventures in search of a living in Spanish America.
VAQUERO Life and Adventures in the West Indies. - A sequel to Adventures in search of a living in Spanish America.VAQUERO Life and Adventures in the West Indies. - A sequel to Adventures in search of a living in Spanish America.VAQUERO Life and Adventures in the West Indies. - A sequel to Adventures in search of a living in Spanish America.VAQUERO Life and Adventures in the West Indies. - A sequel to Adventures in search of a living in Spanish America.VAQUERO Life and Adventures in the West Indies. - A sequel to Adventures in search of a living in Spanish America.VAQUERO Life and Adventures in the West Indies. - A sequel to Adventures in search of a living in Spanish America.
VAQUERO Life and Adventures in the West Indies. - A sequel to Adventures in search of a living in Spanish America.

John Bale, Sons & Danielsson, Ltd., London (1914)
xiii + 284pp + photo plates, coloured frontispiece and maps. 1st ed., rebacked with new end papers, lacking coloured frontispiece, folding map and four plates of island maps missing, clean in original red cloth.
The author visited Cayman Islands (24pp + 6 photo views), Jamaica, Haiti, Barbados, St Lucia, Martinique, Grenada, Dominica, Montserrat, St Kitts, Saba, St Thomas and Trinidad. Well written and with very fine photo plates.
£60.00


POMEROY Colin A. The Flying Boats of Bermuda
POMEROY Colin A. The Flying Boats of Bermuda

Colin A. Pomeroy (2000)
v + 254pp. 1st ed., fine in card covers.
£10.00


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


MCTURK Michael Essays and Fables in the Vernacular
MCTURK Michael Essays and Fables in the Vernacular

Daily Chronicle, Georgetown (1949)
97pp. 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


ANDRE Eugene A Naturalist in the Guianas.
ANDRE Eugene A Naturalist in the Guianas.
ANDRE Eugene A Naturalist in the Guianas.

Smith, Elder & Co., London (1904)
xiv + 310pp + plates and folding map. 1st ed., a very clean copy in original pictorial cloth, former owner's name on half title.
The author travelled from Trinidad up the Macareo River in Venezuela and then the Orinoco River to Ciudad Bolivar and beyond. Fine photo plates and including two fine chromo litho bird plates.
£40.00


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


EGGLESTON George T. Virgin Islands. - Wherein are described in detail the islands, harbors, people, history, weather, passages and facilities, together with many beautiful pictures and some charts.
EGGLESTON George T. Virgin Islands. - Wherein are described in detail the islands, harbors, people, history, weather, passages and facilities, together with many beautiful pictures and some charts.
EGGLESTON George T. Virgin Islands. - Wherein are described in detail the islands, harbors, people, history, weather, passages and facilities, together with many beautiful pictures and some charts.

D. Van Nostrand Co., Princetown (1959)
208 large pp + folding map. 1st ed. Fine in original cloth. 8 x 10"
Travels through the islands, both British and American. Fine photo illustrations
£15.00


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


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Family history of Jamaica

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