Sunday, February 28, 2010

Froudacity: West Indian Fables Explained

Thomas, J. J., Froudacity: West Indian Fables Explained, (with introduction by C.L.R. James and biographical note by Donald Wood), London: New Beacon Books, Ltd., 1969.

From the introduction by CLR James:
The origin of this publication is typical of the relation between imperialism and its colonial dependencies. Imperialism maintains a constant attack upon and a prevailing depreciation of the people it rules (or has ruled). The attack is not always malicious. Quite often it is worse, a genuine sense of outraged superiority stimulating political ignorance and myopia and not averse to plain lying. Froudacity is a reply to an imperialist attack, an attack ignorant and myopic as usual, but this time malign and motivated. The attack was a sitting duck for a counter-blow.


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See also The English in the West Indies, by James Anthony Froude.

Friday, February 26, 2010

West-India policy under the Restoration

Thornton, A. P., West-India policy under the Restoration, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1956.

From the book jacket:
The Restoration period was the heyday of the West-India sugar-economy. This book, based throughout on original sources, examines the relations between the English Crown and its most valuable possessions.


Thursday, February 25, 2010

Machado de Assis, romancista

Correia Pacheco, Armando, [seleção, prefácio e notas], Machado de Assis, romancista, Washington: União Pan-Americana, [1954].


Sunday, February 21, 2010

Acclimatization in the Andes

Monge, Carlos, Acclimatization in the Andes: Historical confirmations of "climatic aggression" in the development of Andean man,Translated by Donald F. Brown. With a foreword by Isaiah Bowman; Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins Press,, 1948.. 8vo; xix, 130 pp. Second edition.

It is the author's thesis that life at high altitudes deserves a new biology concerned with beings adapted to reduced atmospheric oxygen tension. This field of biology illustrates the principle that the reactions of living organisms are related to the duration as well as to the intensity of imposed stresses. There is every extreme in response ranging from the vomiting newcomer to the hard-working, healthy resident.

O mundo que o portugues criou

Freyre, Gilberto, O mundo que o portugues criou: aspectos as relacoes sociaes e de cultura do Brasil com Portugal e as colonias portuguesas: sociaes, pref. de Antonio Sergio, Rio de Janeiro : Livraria Jose Olympio Editora, 1940; 164p. [Nota: livro em muito mal estado]

Gilberto de Mello Freyre (Recife, 15 de março de 1900 — Recife, 18 de julho de 1987) foi um sociólogo, antropólogo,escritor e pintor brasileiro, considerado como um dos grandes nomes da história do Brasil.

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

A Voyage to the Eastern part of Terra Firma, or the Spanish Main

Depons, François Joseph, A Voyage to the Eastern part of Terra Firma, or the Spanish Main, in South-America, during the years 1801, 1802, 1803, and 1804, Containing a description of the territory under the jurisdiction of the captain general of Caraccas, composed of the provinces of Venezuela, Maracaibo, Varinas, Spanish Guiana, Cumana, and the island of Margaretta; and embracing every thing relative to the discovery, conquest, topography, legislation, commerce, finance, inhabitants and productions of the provinces, together with a view of the manners and customs of the Spaniards, and the savage as well as civilized Indians, 3 Volumes, Translated by an American gentleman, New York: I. Riley and Co., 1806 [all three volumes are in very fragile condition]

From rare, antiquarian, used & out-of-print books on travel in Central America, Caribbean & West Indies:
First edition in English, 8vo [22 x 13 cm]; 3 volumes, xxxii, 248, [vi]; 362, [viii]; 288 pp, large folding engraved map of eastern South America, contemporary tree calf, recased with calf spines and new endpapers, title lettering on paper spine labels, edgewear, some light foxing, bookplate of Bernhard Schaefer on endpapers, signature on vol III title, solid very good set.

The author, an agent of the French government at Caracas, described the history, conquest, topography, political and commercial life, customs & manners of the Spanish and Indians, finance, in the various provinces in the Caribbean under control of the Captain-General of Caracas including Venezuela, Maracaibo, Spanish Guiana, Cumana and the Isle of Margaretta. First published in Paris in the same year, this translation was by Washington Irving and was his first book, published when he was 23. BAL 10096. Sabin19642. Humphreys 564 refers to the two volume 1807 edition published in London. Hill p. 238: 'This is an important account of Venezuela giving a description of the country and people and also accounts of growth and production of cocoa, indigo, sugar, cotton, coffee, and tabacco'. The London edition was entitled, 'Travels in South America, During the Years 1801, 1802, 1803, and 1804'. Field 421: 'Beside his account of the slaughter and destruction of Indians during the conquest of their nations, the author gives Portrait of the Indians before the arrival of the Europeans'. There is much on the native peoples. Hand D132: 'Important early documentation'.

US$950. bookID # 9093

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El Lazarillo by Concolorcorvo

Kline, Walter D. (translator), El Lazarillo: A Guide for Inexperienced Travelers between Buenos Aires and Lima, 1773 by Concolorcorvo, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1965.

From the book jacket:
Available here in its first English translation, El Lazarillo de Ciegos Caminantes relates the humorous experiences and encounters of an inspector of the postal routes between Buenos Aires and Lima during the late eighteenth century. Called "one of the liveliest narratives of the Colonial period," El Lazarillo contains many elements of the picaresque genre, while numerous passages presage the regionalism of nineteenth-century writers.

From the Foreword by Irving A. Leonard:
The literary products of the former possessions of Spain in the New World far exceeded in quantity and quality those of the Atlantic colonies of England in North America. No British historian of English letters is likely to include any prose or versified work composed in the former American dependencies as a significant - much less classic - contribution to the literature of the mother country. Chroniclers of Castilian literary expression, on the other hand, whether Spanish or Spanish American, are pleased and even proud to recognize many works created in the former overseas realms of Spain as worthy elements of the great patrimony of Spanish genius.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Colombia Traveler

Rodman, Selden, The Colombia Traveler: A Complete History and Guide, New York: Hawthorn Books Inc Publishers, 1971. {Jacket design by Edgar Blakeney}

The Hummingbird and the Hawk

Padden, R. C., The Hummingbird and the Hawk: Conquest and Sovereignty in the Valley of Mexico, 1503-1541, Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1967.

From the book jacket:
In this vivid account of the complex phenomena of cultural change as they occurred in the Valley of Mexico in the first half of the sixteenth century, Mr. Padden discovers two distinct processes of change functioning simultaneously throughout the period. The first process was governed by evolutionary forces that had shaped Aztec society since formation of the Triple alliance and whose influence survived the Spanish conquest and continued well into the post-conquest period. The second and more apparent process of change was governed by the revolutionary imposition of Spanish sovereignty.

From the author's preface:
Although nearly one third of this book is concerned with pre-conquest Mexico, it does not pretend to be a definitive or exhaustive treatment of Aztec society. It merely attempts to follow the sometimes elusive evolution of Aztec sovereignty from its origins to its demise and examines only those cultural traits and social phenomena that were related to it.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Guia y Mapas para Cinco Excursiones por Cartagena

Bustamante del Valle, Luis, Guía y mapas para cinco excursiones por Cartagena, Cartagena: Editora Bolivar Ltda., Primera Edición agosto de 1978.

Bibliografía sobre Ocupación Territorial e Historia Urbana en Colombia

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Cayenne, Déportés et bagnards

Devèze, Michel, Cayenne, Déportés et bagnards, présentés par Michel Devèze, Julliard, Paris 1965, 287 p.

Cayenne est une ville martyre par le fâcheux renom que lui ont valu d'abord de malheureux essais de colonisation au XVIIIe siècle, puis les déportations des victimes politiques de divers régimes républicains et impériaux, enfin le bagne, presque centenaire, avec ses turpitudes. Pourtant, tous seux qui ont connu Cayenne et la Guyane, s'ils ont réussi à négliger les constructions humaines ont été séduits par la grandeur de cette terre équatoriale, de cette nature violente et primitive.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

The Making of Modern Mexico

Brandenburg, Frank R., The Making of Modern Mexico, Englewood Cliffs, N.J: Prentice-Hall, 1964.

From the Introduction by Frank Tannenbaum:
Dr. Brandenburg has written an interesting and broadly based book that seeks to explain how an undeveloped nation with a troubled and revolution-riddled history moved into the modern world. The changeover in the years that span 1910 to 1964, the period with which the author is primarily concerned, is dramatic. The Mexican story as told here suggests what a revolution can and can not do, and at what costs. The price in Mexico was high. The revolution took a million lives. It destroyed a ruling society; the "upper classes," from which the governors, generals, diplomats, landowners, intellectuals were drawn, were impoverished, expropriated, exiled or killed. The government, the constitutional system, the army the courts, the landholding system, peonage, and many things besides were swept away by the revolutionary tide. The people who came to replace those who were driven out were newcomers.

Review (Southern Economic Association)

Review (Academy of American Franciscan History)

Review (Western Political Quarterly

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Los Mayas Antiguos

Lizardi Ramos, César, Editor, Los mayas antiguos, monografías de arqueología, etnografía y lingüística mayas publicadas con motivo del centenario de la exploración de Yucatán por John L. Stephens y Frederick Catherwood in los años 1841-42, Mexico: El Colegio de Mexico, 1941.

John Lloyd Stephens (28 de noviembre de 1805–13 de octubre de 1852) fue un explorador, escritor y diplomático estadounidense. Stephens fue una figura central en la investigación de la civilización maya, y en la planeación del ferrocarril de Panamá.

Frederick Catherwood explorador, dibujante, arquitecto y fotógrafo inglés, nacido el 27 de febrero de 1799 y muerto el 20 de septiembre de 1854, famoso por sus exploraciones de las ruinas de la civilización Maya, en compañía del escritor estadounidense John Lloyd Stephens.


Indian Notices

Hilhouse, William, Indian Notices: or sketches of the habits, characters, languages, superstitions, soil and climate of the several nations; with remarks on their capacity for colonization, present government and suggestions for future improvement and civilization; also the icthyology of the fresh waters of th interior, Georgetown: National Commission for Research Materials on Guyana, 1978.

From the Introduction by M. N. Menezes, RSM, Ph.D.:
The author of Indian Notices, William Hilhouse, was one of the most versatile, interesting, and controversial figures in the early history of British Guiana. He arrived in British Guiana about 1815 (LH 1 July 1831) and for twenty five years until his death in May 1840 he was well known to the Colonial Office, the local legislature, and the press through his voluminous writings on a variety of subjects. Hilhouse described himself ... as "a colonist of Demerara, by necessity a permanent resident" (p. 130) and later as "a field engineer and practical agriculturist" (LRGS, 30 July 1839). He was an ex-member of the Staff Corps, a good land surveyor, and at one time an attorney of a small estate on the west coast of Demerara.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Planeamiento y organización de las actividades gubernamentales

Silva, Benedicto*, Planeamiento y organización de las actividades gubernamentales, Puerto Rico: Ediciones de la Universidad de Puerto Rico (1903-1953)

*Organizador de la Escuela de Servicio Público de Brasil

Conquistador: The Life of Don Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa

Clissold, Stephen, Conquistador: The Life of Don Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa, London: Derek Verschoyle, 1954, 205 pgs. : ill.

From the note on illustrations:
The illustrations are from engravings by Theodore de Bry and drawings by Poma de Ayala and represent contrasting European and Indian views of Spanish rule in the Indies.

Social Change and Images of the Future

Mau, James A., Social Change and Images of the Future: A Study of Progress in Jamaica, Cambridge, MA: Schenkman Publishing Co., Inc., 1968.

From the acknowledgements:
The primary financial support for this research came from the Social Science Research Council which granted me a pre-doctoral fellowship during the years 1961-63; and from the West Indies Studies Program of the University of California, Los Angeles which was financed by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and directed by Wendell Bell.

Review by Robin Mackenzie
Also reviewed by Basil Ince for Caribbean Studies [PDF], scroll down to pg. 7 : Vol. 9 # 4, January 1970.

Monday, February 8, 2010

La isla de Puerto Rico: estudio histórico y geográfico

Sardá, Agustín, La isla de Puerto Rico: estudio histórico y geográfico Madrid: Establecimiento Tipográfico de Evaristo Sánchez, 1889.

En lista del Catalogo de la Biblioteca Universitaria V Impresos Del Siglo XIX, Santiago de Compostela.

The Destruction of Brazilian slavery, 1850-1888

Conrad, Robert Edgar, The Destruction of Brazilian slavery, 1850-1888, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1972.

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Review by Douglas A. Chalmers.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

La Iglesia en Puerto Rico en el Siglo XVIII

Campo Lacasa, Cristina, Notas generales sobre la historia eclesiástica de Puerto Rico en el siglo XVIII, San Juan: Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, 1963(?)

De la introducción:
En un principio iniciamos nuestro trabajo con el propósito de concretarnos al tema La Iglesia de Puerto Rico en la primera mitad del siglo XVIII. No obstante, el hecho de encontrar material más completo e interesante con respecto a la segunda mitad de la centuria, ha constituído la razón del cambio de titulación y así, una vez dada por finalizada nuestra labor, la exponemos bajo el título Notas generales sobre la historia eclesiástica de Puerto Rico en el siglo XVIII, estimando que ello responde mas justamente al contenido de la misma.

El Presente y el Futuro de la Realidad Económica Puertorriqueña

Paniagua Picazo, Antonio, El Presente y el Futuro de la Realidad Económica Puertorriqueña: Una interpretación de la realidad actual y un presagio de lo que ocurrirá en lo porvenir, San Juan: Editorial Betances, s.f.

Del autor al lector:
Este breve ensayo escrito el año de 1953, es una interpretación personal del fenómeno político y económico de la isla de Puerto Rico. Durante la década del 30 al 40, y mas tarde en el año 1948, señalamos en ensayos y artículos la necesidad de fomentar la industrialización en la isla, de aprovechar los recursos naturales, unido al logro de la soberanía política. La compilación de estos trabajos desperdigados en diarios como El Mundo y El Imparcial en una obra bajo el título de La realidad económica puertorriqueña, espera la bondad de una editorial, como la que se le ha dispensado a este modesto trabajo del autor, para su publicación.

Referencia al Noísmo o el Grupo No.

Nota personal: Obsequio del autor a mi padre (con firma y fecha 25 de octubre del 1964).

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Instrucciones para el Manejo de las Haciendas Jesuítas del Perú

Macera, Pablo, Instrucciones para el Manejo de las Haciendas Jesuítas del Perú, ss. XVII-XVIII, Nueva corónica, vol. 2, fasc. 2, Nueva corónica ;, v. 2, fasc. 2, Lima: Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Facultad de Letras y Ciencias Humanas, Departamento de Historia, 1966. (fragile)

From the first chapter:
Los documentos consultados abarcan en su mayor parte el último medio siglo de la dominación española desde la expulsión de los jesuítas (1767) hasta la independencia criolla (1821-24) y contienen toda la información acumulada por la administración colonial y republicana sobre los bienes confiscados a la Compañía de Jesús: inventarios y tasaciones, actas de subasta, planos de haciendas, cuentas de jornales y gastos, bautismos de esclavos...

Good review by John Lynch
Personal note: to my father, signed by the author.

Highland Communities of Central Peru

Tschopik, Harry, Highland Communities of Central Peru: a Regional Survey, Smithsonian Institution, Institute of Social Anthropology, U.S. Govt. Print. Off. (Washington), 1947: 56 p. plates, maps. 26cm.

Words of Luis Eduardo Valcárcel Vizcarra, Peru's Minister of Public Education, taken from the Preface:
A people such as ours, which is becoming increasingly more conscious of its own cultural heritage, assumes a wary attitude toward outside influences, of course without going so far as to adopt such extreme conservatism as leads to an absurd rejection of all external contributions. In order that the discrimination which educators should exercise have a scientific foundation, it is not only advisable to have a satisfactory command of the modern cultural trends to be introduced, but also an increasingly clear knowledge of our own authentic social heritage, of the ways of life of our people throughout the country, of the functioning of political, juridical, economic, religious and other institutions, of the ways in which our people produce things of beauty together with those of utilitarian value, of how external factors influence the community and how the latter reacts, of the process of change in customs and the extent to which new methods and procedures are adopted, and of what is, in sum total, the cultural content analyzed in terms of its elements and seen from the point of view of its structure.


Jamaican Leaders: Political Attitudes in a New Nation

Bell, Wendell, Jamaican Leaders: Political Attitudes in a New Nation , University of California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles (1964).

From the author's preface:
This book constitutes a case study in the sociology of nationhood. It is about ... Jamaica ..., during the final stages of its transition from colonial dependence to full political independence, and it focuses on the exploration and discovery of the causes of nationalism, those factors that produce nationalist attitudes, that underlie a person's desire and drive for political independence, and those that in others result conversely in preferences for colonial status and opposition to the formation of the new independent nation-state.

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Catálogo del fondo manuscrito americano de la Real Biblioteca del Escorial

Campos y Fernández de Sevilla, F. Javier, Catálogo del fondo manuscrito americano de la Real Biblioteca del Escorial, San Lorenzo de El Escorial: Ediciones Escurialenses, Instituto de Escurialense de Investigaciones Históricas y Artísticas, 1993. 24x17 cm. 586 p. Rústica. Algunas reproducciones color. 1ª edición, 1993. Carpeta blanda.

Fundación Histórica Tavera: Guía preliminar de fuentes documentales etnográficas para el estudio de los pueblos indígenas de Iberoamérica:
La biblioteca del Real Monasterio del Escorial es por su selecto contenido, uno de los fondos documentales de mayor interés para el estudio de las culturas y forma de vida indígena de Iberoamérica, no tanto por la cantidad de sus documentos Americanistas sino por su calidad (Véase CABEZÓN, M.G. Noticia de los manuscritos escurialenses relativos a la historia y costumbres de los Indios Americanos, Madrid 1909, pp. 26-32. Separata de la revista La Ciudad de Dios (San Lorenzo de El Escorial)). No hay que olvidar que fue biblioteca Real durante varios reinados de los Austrias y Borbones y que como tal conserva piezas de incalculable valor al cuidado actual de monjes agustinos.

From Columbus to Castro: The History of the Caribbean

Williams, Eric, From Columbus to Castro: The History of the Caribbean, 1492-1969, London: André Deutsch, 1970.

From Chapter 7:
Gold, sugar, slaves, this Caribbean trinity represented an enormous accession of wealth and power. Not surprisingly, Spain's imperialist rivals insisted on their share. The Caribbean islands began their association with modern society as the pawn of European power politics, the cockpit of Europe, the arena of Europe's wars hot and cold.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Estudio crítico sobre las "Noticias Secretas de América" y el Clero Colonial

Merino, P. Luis, Estudio Crítico sobre las "Noticias Secretas de América" y el Clero Colonial (1720 - 1765), Madrid: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Publicaciones del Instituto Santo Toríbio de Mogrovejo, 1956.


Noticias Secretas de América

Vargas of Brazil

Dulles, John W.F., Vargas of Brazil: A Political Biography, Austin: University of Texas Press, 1967. hardcover


From the book jacket:
The dominant public figure in Brazil from 1930 until 1954 was a highly contradictory and controversial personality. Getúlio Vargas, from the pampas of the southern frontier state of Rio Grande do Sul, became the dictator that ruled without ever forgetting the lower classes.

John W. F. Dulles, Professor of Latin American studies; son of former Secretary of State

West Indies

Sherlock, Philip, West Indies, London: Thames and Hudson, 1966.


From the Miami Herald obituary:
Sir Philip Sherlock, a giant among contemporary Caribbean historians and educators, died of natural causes at his home in Jamaica Monday. He was 98.

``Philip Sherlock was among the greatest West Indians of the 20th Century,'' said Sir Shridath Ramphal, chancellor of the University of the West Indies, an institution Sherlock helped found in the late 1940s and where he later served as vice chancellor. ``May the 21st see his like again.''

Personal note: A mentor to my father, Sir Philip died the same year he did.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The History of the Barbados Workers' Union

Mark, Francis Xavier, The History of the Barbados Workers' Union, Bridgetown: Advocate Commercial Printing, 1966.


Caribbean Power

Rickards, Colin, Caribbean Power, London: Dennis Dobson, 1963.

From the book jacket:
This is a book about politicians, ' says the author. 'But I have tried not to make it a political book. The leaders are varied-some good, some bad. Their relationships with each other, and with the Great Powers, are as mixed as they are themselves. The influences of the US and Great Britain-again some good and some bad-have played and continue to play an important part in their lives. I have apportioned blame for bad government and praise for good government. But primarily I have written of the men themselves, their hopes, aspirations and fears. ' Mr Rickards deals with 23 very varying Caribbean leaders and brings vividly to life the men who are/shaped an increasingly important part of the world.

Viceroyalties of the West

Cameron, Roderick William, Viceroyalties of the West: the Spanish Empire in Latin America, Boston: Little, Brown & Company, 1968. hardcover

From the book jacket:
In preparation for this book, Roderick Cameron went to South America and followed the trails of the conquistadors and other early empire builders -- the missionaries, scientists, fortune hunters, and civil servants -- who were posted or attracted to Mexico, Central America and the west coast of South America. Mr. Cameron has blended his personal impressions with the recorded impressions of previous travelers. He has referred to journals of little-known men as well as to the writings of famous explorers.

Monday, February 1, 2010

The Cuban Revolution and Latin America

Goldenberg, Boris, The Cuban Revolution and Latin America, New York: Frederick A. Praeger, 1965. Pp. 376. hardcover

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Grantley Adams and the Social Revolution

Hoyos, F. A., Grantley Adams and the Social Revolution; the story of the movement that changed the pattern of West Indian society, London: Macmillan, 1974, viii, 280 p. illus. 22 cm.

From the author's preface:
...With the additional material at my disposal, I have tried to write a popular life which is more balanced and analytical than my previous work (on Adams entitled The Rise of West Indian Democracy). I have attempted to depict a clearer picture of how he emerged as a political leader and for this purpose I have drawn more heavily than before from such sources as contemporary newspapers, particularly the Herald, the Agricultural Reporter, the Observer and the Beacon. Hansard, both Barbadian and West Indian, has also been a fruitful source of information.