OLIVER, Vere Langford (1861-1942)
The History of the Island of Antigua, one of the Leeward Caribbees in the West Indies, from the First Settlement in 1635 to the present time
London: Mitchell and Hughes, 1894-96-99. 3 volumes, folio. (14 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches). Vol. 1: (160), 316 pp., Vol. 2: 405 pp., Vol. 3: 407 pp. Titles in red and black, half-titles. 25 plates and maps (including 1 hand-coloured folding lithographed map, 1 large folding uncoloured lithographed map, 2 double-page coloured lithographed maps, 3 double-page plates, 18 single-page plates, portraits, maps and estate plans).
Original reddish-brown cloth stamped in gilt, top edge gilt.
First edition of a monumental work of Caribbean history, limited to 150 copies.
Oliver's historical account of Antigua stands as a crucial and invaluable resource for understanding the complex history of the West Indies. Its contents not only encompass a comprehensive overview of the Caribbean islands but also cover the intricate histories of influential British families that established roots in Antigua during the 19th century and earlier periods. Beyond its specific focus on Antigua, Oliver's work emerges as a fundamental tool for unraveling the intricacies of the British Empire's economy, society, and culture in the broader context of the Atlantic World. Vernona T.C. Smith played a pivotal role in the creation of this historical masterpiece, contributing significantly by transcribing pertinent materials from sources in London while Oliver conducted his research in the West Indies. The extensive manuscript material meticulously compiled by Smith spans forty-three volumes and currently finds its repository at the Society of Genealogists in London.