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David Spilman Fine Books, ABAA


David Spilman

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Exploration, Adventure and History of the World

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PO Box 577 , Sebastopol, California, 95473, United States

More about this bookseller

David Spilman Fine Books is an online bookseller specializing in fine books, maps, publications and ephemera related to exploration, adventure and world history, with an emphasis on the Polar Regions, History and the American west. David’s particular interest is in the Heroic Age of Antarctic exploration from 1895 to 1920’s. Other areas of interest are in the Arctic exploration, American western expansion, California and Klondike Gold Rush eras, Cook Expeditions, California, the Pacific Northwest, Alaska and a little bit of this and that.



David is a member of the Antiquarian Bookseller's Association of America (ABAA) and of the Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA) currently serving as IOBA Treasurer. He strongly supports the professional development and code of ethics ABAA and IOBA. He is also a member of the Ephemera Society of America, the California and Washington Map Societies and the Western History Association.


David has attended the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar and courses in Rare Book Schools at the University of Virginia and University of California to develop his continuing bookish education. David and his wife have a small farm and enjoy raising registered Shetland sheep for their high-quality wool.


We are open by appointment only and exhibit at west coast Book Fairs. You can also find us exhibiting at various Virtual Book Fairs. Please check out our website and if you have any questions, please contact us.

Featured Items

A British account of the California Gold Rush

A Stroll Through the Diggings of California, Kelly, William London: Simms and M'Intyre, 1852. Near Fine. First Edition, [13] 14-240 pp.; Later three-quarter morocco with blue marbled covers with gilt edge rules, gilt lettering, rule tooled, and raised bands on spine, top edge gilt other trimmed [Kurutz 371a, Wheat Books 115 (note), Wagner-Camp 200:3].


Native Illustrations from James Cook Expeditions

Illustrations from James Cook's Second (1772-1775) and Third (1776-1780) Voyages; A Group of Four illustrations of the South Pacific Island people from the French editions Webber, John and William Hodges; Paris: Hôtel du Thuo, 1778 & 1785. Very Good. [10.5x8in individual prints] Three Polynesian women in native ceremonial dress with 2 in hand-colored, and Omani who accompanied Cook as a translator.


Scripps College Fine Press


Brown, Emily K. and others

Claremount, CA: Scripps College Press, 2005. Near Fine in None Issued dust-jacket First Edition. Limited Edition of 102 copies, this is copy number 61, Signed by the students in the typography class at Scripps College Press and Professor Kitty Maryatt, [12 ½ x 6 ½”], [36] pages. Bound accordion fold within abstract color-designed paper over boards, multicolor silk ties hold all together. Printed letterpress with various colors, pop-ups, and a volvelle, images carved from linoleum, some printed with rainbow rolls, four-color images printed on and HP Indigo digital printer, more color with airbrush and pochoir, many of the illustrations include attached buttons, brads, fabric, fringe, ribbon and thread. Near fine condition with minor shelf wear to covers



We carefully package all of the books to arrive in the same condition as they were sent! All items offered online or in catalogues are subject to prior sale. Trade discount for most items is available and may be limited for consignment items. We accept PayPal, Visa, Mastercard and American Express credit cards. We will also accept checks that are cleared prior to shipping or invoice clients known to us. California sales tax will be charged to purchases shipped in California. All books ordered online are returnable for any reason within 14 days of receipt, as long as they are returned in the same condition. Buyer will be responsible for return shipping, unless item is not as described. Please contact us if you are returning the book to let us know or for advice on packing. We will issue a refund to you in the same method as you paid or by check. Due to the current USPS operations and delivery delays, shipping by media mail is not recommended. Priority Mail will be charged at cost or at a discount. International with insurance at cost and buyer responsible for VAT, Custom duties, and fees. See my website for more detailed information and contacts.

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