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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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HOARE Prince Memoirs of Granville Sharp, Esq.: Composed from his Own Manuscripts, and Other Authentic Documents in the Possession of his Family and of the African Institution
HOARE Prince Memoirs of Granville Sharp, Esq.: Composed from his Own Manuscripts, and Other Authentic Documents in the Possession of his Family and of the African Institution
HOARE Prince Memoirs of Granville Sharp, Esq.: Composed from his Own Manuscripts, and Other Authentic Documents in the Possession of his Family and of the African Institution

London: Printed for Henry Colburn and Co (1820)
xxxii + 524pp + xxxiii. 1st ed., fine in original half calf, front board detached and marbled boards with some loss.
Granville Sharp (1735-1813) was a British campaigner for the abolition of the slave trade. He founded the St George's Bay Company, a forerunner of the Sierra Leone Company to settle black people there.
£750.00


GOSSE Philip H. The birds of Jamaica.
GOSSE Philip H. The birds of Jamaica.

London (1847)
x + 447pp. 1st ed., text vol. only - lacking volume of plates. Minor foxing to some page margins otherwise clean in original blindstamped cloth.
An important work giving detailed descriptions.
£85.00


FORSSTRAND Carl Bland Oleandrar och Liljor Minnen fran en sommar pa Bermuda eller Somers oar.
FORSSTRAND Carl Bland Oleandrar och Liljor Minnen fran en sommar pa Bermuda eller Somers oar.FORSSTRAND Carl Bland Oleandrar och Liljor Minnen fran en sommar pa Bermuda eller Somers oar.FORSSTRAND Carl Bland Oleandrar och Liljor Minnen fran en sommar pa Bermuda eller Somers oar.
FORSSTRAND Carl Bland Oleandrar och Liljor Minnen fran en sommar pa Bermuda eller Somers oar.

Stockholm (1895)
122pp + frontispiece and folding map. 1st. ed. Very fine in attractive maroon cloth binding.
Many fine photo illustrations of the islands. Text in Swedish. Good bibliography of books on Bermuda at end.
£30.00


BRITISH GUIANA Directory, with Almanack and Diary for the year of our Lord 1871,
BRITISH GUIANA Directory, with Almanack and Diary for the year of our Lord 1871,
BRITISH GUIANA Directory, with Almanack and Diary for the year of our Lord 1871,

Demerara: Printed and published by L. M'Dermott, Water Street, Georgetown (1871)
145pp + diary + adverts. 1st ed., fine in original decorated full calf.
Includes names of owners of plantations, details of the Post Office with postal rates and the receiving offices for the Georgetown penny post, a trade directory of Georgetown and much more.
£900.00


ROWE.L.S. (Ed) Haiti
ROWE.L.S. (Ed) Haiti

Pan American Union (1946)
31pp. Clean in paper covers.
Guide to the island.
£12.00


PORTO RICO What and where it is
PORTO RICO What and where it is

Chamber of Commerce of Porto Rico (1923)
15pp. Clean in card covers.
£6.00


UNITED FRUIT COMPANY The Cuba Railroad
UNITED FRUIT COMPANY The Cuba Railroad
UNITED FRUIT COMPANY The Cuba Railroad

U.F.Co (1915 (circa))
Guide to the railway lines with good map and details of the places along the line. Pp 7 - 50 so lacking prelims but a useful item.
£15.00


HAITI A Guide to Haiti, star of the Caribbean
HAITI A Guide to Haiti, star of the Caribbean

Haiti Government Tourist Bureau (1957 (circa))
64pp. Fine in paper covers.
£24.00


CUBA Cuba Ideal Vacation land. Tourist Guide 1951-1952
CUBA Cuba Ideal Vacation land. Tourist Guide 1951-1952

Cuban Tourist Commission (1951)
96pp + folding map. Fine in original paper covers.
£30.00


HAITI Where to go this year. Come to Haiti.
HAITI Where to go this year. Come to Haiti.

New York (1950 (circa))
14pp folding tourist brochure, one page detached without loss.
£15.00


ALCOCK Frederick West Indies Scenery.
ALCOCK Frederick West Indies Scenery.

Andrew Reid & Co (1910 (circa))
93pp including 21 of 22 colour plates. 1st ed. Clean in card covers. 10 x 7.5"
£30.00


BURNS Alan History of the British West Indies.
BURNS Alan History of the British West Indies.

G. Allen & Unwin (1954)
821pp. 1st ed. Very clean in good D/W.
Comprehensive history concentrating on period up to 1900. Highly recommended.
£65.00


HIGHAM C.S.S. The Development of the Leeward Islands Under the Restoration 1660-1688
HIGHAM C.S.S. The Development of the Leeward Islands Under the Restoration 1660-1688

Cambridge at the University Press (1921)
xiii + 266pp. 1st ed., very clean, still uncut, in worn original cloth.
Very scarce. Note pages will need to be separated with a sharp knife.
£90.00


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M'CALLUM Pierre F. Travels in Trinidad During the Months of February, March, and April

Liverpool: Printed by and for W. Jones (1805)
xvi + 354pp + folding map and 2pp publisher's adverts. Some water staining affecting many pages and the map otherwise clean in modern half calf with new end papers.
£450.00


WILLIAMS C.R. A Tour through the island of Jamaica, from the western to the eastern end, in the year 1823
WILLIAMS C.R. A Tour through the island of Jamaica, from the western to the eastern end, in the year 1823WILLIAMS C.R. A Tour through the island of Jamaica, from the western to the eastern end, in the year 1823WILLIAMS C.R. A Tour through the island of Jamaica, from the western to the eastern end, in the year 1823
WILLIAMS C.R. A Tour through the island of Jamaica, from the western to the eastern end, in the year 1823

London: Printed for Hunt and Clarke (1826)
Half title + frontispiece + xviii + 352pp + 4 plates. 1st ed., very clean in contemporary half calf with marbled boards. A very fine copy.
The author found the slaves to be happy and content and attacks Wilberforce and the Methodist ministers.
£375.00


JAMAICA Report of the Standing Committee of the Chamber of Commerce, Jamaica, - upon the present condition of that colony, the causes of its depression, and the remedial measures necessary to restore its prosperity
JAMAICA Report of the Standing Committee of the Chamber of Commerce, Jamaica, - upon the present condition of that colony, the causes of its depression, and the remedial measures necessary to restore its prosperity

London (1847)
23pp. Fine in modern green cloth.
Scarce.
£85.00


STEPHEN James The Crisis of the Sugar Colonies; or, An enquiry into the objects and probable effects of the French Expedition to the West Indies; and their connection with the colonial interests of the British Empire
STEPHEN James The Crisis of the Sugar Colonies; or, An enquiry into the objects and probable effects of the French Expedition to the West Indies; and their connection with the colonial interests of the British Empire
STEPHEN James The Crisis of the Sugar Colonies; or, An enquiry into the objects and probable effects of the French Expedition to the West Indies; and their connection with the colonial interests of the British Empire

printed for J. Hatchard, Bookseller to Her Majesty, No. 190, (opposite York House,) Piccadilly., London (1802)
vii + 222pp + [1] publisher's catalogue. 1st ed., slightly browned but clean in modern half calf with new end papers.
Written by a leading British abolitionist on the impact of French activity in the West Indies on the colonial interests of Great Britain.
£450.00


COLERIDGE Rev. W.H. Charges delivered to the Clergy of the Diocese of Barbados and the Leeward Islands; - together with prayers on certain public occasions;  and addresses to candidates for Holy Orders:  to young persons offering themselves for confirmation within that Diocese:  and at the consecration of a chapel and burial ground in the city of Caracas.
COLERIDGE Rev. W.H. Charges delivered to the Clergy of the Diocese of Barbados and the Leeward Islands; - together with prayers on certain public occasions;  and addresses to candidates for Holy Orders:  to young persons offering themselves for confirmation within that Diocese:  and at the consecration of a chapel and burial ground in the city of Caracas.
COLERIDGE Rev. W.H. Charges delivered to the Clergy of the Diocese of Barbados and the Leeward Islands; - together with prayers on certain public occasions; and addresses to candidates for Holy Orders: to young persons offering themselves for confirmation within that Diocese: and at the consecration of a chapel and burial ground in the city of Caracas.

London (1835)
x + 324pp + 44pp + 4 hand coloured folding maps. 1st ed., clean in original worn and faded cloth with original paper label.
Includes chapters on Antigua and British Guiana with maps of each. A scarce work with details of the final abolition of slavery. The author was uncle of H.N. Coleridge.
£250.00


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 marked and slightly torn D/W.
£25.00


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