Early Printing in Saint Vincent: The Island's First Printers and Their Work, with a List of Saint Vincent Imprints, 1767-1834
Although academic interest in the Caribbean region's history and culture has increased in recent years, past studies of West Indian printing history have failed to focus on Saint Vincent, resulting in sketchy and inaccurate information regarding printing on the island. Correcting that oversight, this book reveals that printing began in Kingstown as early as 1767, and it traces the island's printing history through 1834, the year slavery was abolished in the British West Indies. Several early printers are identified, including William Smith, Joseph Berrow, James Adams, J. T. Calliard, John Drape, and Thomas LeGall, and details about them and some of their publications are provided. Newspapers and official documents such as acts and proclamations are shown to have been the main products of the island's presses. The book discusses the use of slaves by printers, touches on other race-related matters, and provides insight into an 1830s battle for the right to serve as the island's government printer.Few early Saint Vincent imprints are known to have survived, but Early Printing in Saint Vincent includes an annotated list of more than 250 items printed in Saint Vincent prior to 1835, thus helping to close a large gap that has existed in West Indian bibliography. The book concludes with examples of Saint Vincent advertisements and an index. Illustrated in black and white.
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History of Printing in Saint Vincent 17671834
Early Saint Vincent Imprints
Advertisements of Items Offered for Sale by Saint Vincent Printers
350 Location unknown April August Barbados Beinecke Bequia BLNL Books broadside Charaibs Charles Brisbane copy located ditto Dominica Duly published Early Printing ESTC February 15 French GAZETTE OFFICE GEORGE FITZGERALD HILL Grenada Hamilton College Ibid Island of Saint Island of St Jamaica JAMES ADAMS January JCB card catalogue John Berrow JOHN DRAPE Joseph Berrow July June LeGall's Legislature list of St Location unknown NA/PRO Lord One Thousand Maxwell Maxwell's list McMurtrie Negroes Newspaper Library Catalogue November October Pactor paper PRINTED AND PUBLISHED Printed by JOSEPH printed in Saint printer as John Proclamation published in Kingstown Ragatz Reprinted in 1811 Robson Lowe Royal St RPJCB reports printer Saint Lucia Saint Vincent SAINT VINCENT GAZETTE September Sheet Almanack Shephard Slaves supplement Thomas LeGall Thousand Seven Hundred Vincent Gazette Vincent session laws Weekly Advertiser December Weekly Advertiser March West Indian Printing West Indies William Smith