An Incomplete Bibliography of
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the Island of Jersey 1595 -1945
Compiled by Richard Hemery
I have always been interested in books, and descend from an old Jersey family. On finding no online Jersey bibliography I decided to put one together myself. I have chosen 1945 as an obvious cut off point in the history of the Island as the date of liberation from German occupation. I have included all books published about or largely about Jersey, and books on all subjects published in the Island. Not included are maps, engravings, and books by Jersey born authors unless they meet the above criteria. Newspapers, periodicals and annual reports are included at the end.
I have harvested this information from several main sources, the Societe Jersiaise catalogue, the British Library integrated catalogue, Used book search, and even a handful from Ebay listings. I do not own these books and they are not for sale.
Each entry is listed by date of publication, then title, which is underlined, then on the next line author, if any, on the third line publisher and place of publication, and on the fourth line pagination, size and other features. If there is no author the publisher may appear on the second line.
This is the first draft, much more information needs to be added. If you have any information on items not found on this list, feel free to contact me. Please also contact me if you are interested in the Hemery family tree or Hemery geneaology, I have a lot of information. Thanks.
Other helpful e-mail addresses
http://www.societe-jersiaise.org The Societe Jersiaise, or Jersey Society, one the foremost sources of online information about Jersey. Truly excellent. The library catalogue can be searched.
http://catalogue.bl.uk The British Library integrated catalogue. Again this can be searched.
http://www.usedbooksearch.co.uk A great used book search of the worlds books, claiming to search 55 million books. And all for sale.
http://www.ebay.co.uk Some nice Jersey items occasionally turn up on Ebay, generally cheaper than the Used Book Search.
As an introduction to this work I submit the following spoof title which could have appeared as the title if this book had been published in the early 1800s.
A Bibliography of the Island of Jersey:
an incomplete list of volumes published about or on that Isle,
dating from the years 1595 to 1945,
by which the unique and curious history of that island is well illustrated
by which is meant
the dual nature of Jersey
which is in the sea but not of it
part of the United Kingdom but not of it,
near Europe but not part of that continent
and whose parents are severally French and English
and is presented as a celebration of the character of The Jersey People
although their territory is small in extent and their number few
and whom in literary terms adopted printing and publishing but lately
have made a great and noteworthy contribution
in every area of human activity
by their industry, talent, commerce, bravery and perserverance
out of all proportion to their islands size and population