Who We Are

David Spilman Fine Books is an online business specializing in fine and rare books and publications related to exploration, adventure and world history, with an emphasis on the Polar Regions and the American west.  David’s particular interest is in the Heroic Age of Antarctic exploration from 1895 to 1920’s.  Another area of interest is in the American western expansion and the Gold Rush eras.  He also has a curiosity and interest on just about any subject.

David has collected books for many years and started developing his bookselling business in 2009.  After attending the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar in 2010 (CABS, also known as “booksellers boot camp”), he built his inventory over the last several years and began showing at Book Fairs in 2015.  Also, he has attended courses at Rare Book School at the University of Virginia to develop his continuing education on the world of rare books.

David has a master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and retired from a long and successful career as a finance director and administrator for several cities in California.  David lives in northern California in the wine country of west Sonoma County.  In addition to a successful part time municipal consulting business, David and his wife Donna have a small farm raising registered Shetland sheep.  He serves his community on the board of a non-profit agency that develops affordable housing in Northern California, and is on the board of local environmental groups.