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"A true treasure trove" [The Times]

"One of the 10 best rare bookshops in Britain" [The Independent]

"One of the best independent retailers in the country" [Royal Society of Literature]

Books bought in all quantities - we travel throughout the country

70 Micklegate, York YO1 6LF
Open: 9.00am - 5.30pm Mon-Sat. tel: 01904 624414

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Established in York in 1948, with over 65 years of experience we are always happy to provide professional and confidential advice - whether you are an experienced collector or a first time buyer or seller.

40,000 Books, Manuscripts & Documents, contemporary art exhibitions, designer cards, and in winter a real coal fire. There is on-street parking right outside our door - a rarity for York!

I joined Spelmans in 1979, becoming a partner in 1984, and now own and run the business. I am a member of the Council of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association, Chairman of the ABA Olympia Book Fair, and Fair Manager of the York National Book Fair, the largest fair of its kind in the U.K.

If you are thinking of selling or thinning out your collections - or just have individual books of interest - then contact me - I buy books in all quantities and travel extensively throughout the country. I am also always keen to purchase any manuscripts, diaries, journals, inventories, estate plans &c pre 1850.

I regularly handle significant items & specialist collections on a private commission basis: contact: tony.fothergill@kenspelman.com

For over 35 years I have worked with major institutions and collectors in developing their libraries.


~ book fairs - we exhibit at the following major ABA & PBFA Fairs each year, Bristol, Cambridge, Harrogate, London (Olympia & Chelsea), Oxford, & York. complimentary tickets for all fairs


~ modern printmakers, photographers, and cards

We stock original prints by a number of leading modern printmakers, including Andrew Waddington, Neil Bousfield, Angela Harding, Tom Frost, Hannah West, Matte Stephens, Alan Turnbull, Tessa Asquith-Lamb. Also the shop now stocks a superb range of designer cards, and wrapping paper, and we even offer a free wrapping service for purchases. Also books by Mark Hearld, and his wonderful flying bird cut-outs.

Christmas 2016 Show now open.

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New for 2016:
visit our store on ebay, with well over a thousand items for sale, the majority not listed elsewhere.
17th century / 18th century / 19th century / manuscripts /
York & Yorkshire prints and engravings / Ephemera /
Drawings & Watercolours

and lots more.... new items are added daily.

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rare books & manuscripts ~

I issue about six catalogues each year - each of about 100 recent acquisitions - fully illustrated in colour. These books get their first appearance in the catalogues, and are not found on ABE or other websites as a courtesy to our customers.

I also send out a monthly list of 10 interesting recent acquisitions. They have not appeared anywhere else before, and there will only ever be 10 on each list. Just email us to join the mailing list to receive these.



Recent highlights sold:

Ogilby, John. [Atlas of America]. 1671
Ogilby, John. [Atlas of Africa]. 1670
Lewis, C.S. Collection of original letters
Poe, Edgar Allan. Tales of the Grotesque. 1840.
Orwell, George. 1984. 1st edition in dust-wrapper.
Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Signed, Cranford edition. 1926.
Burns, R. Poems, Kilmarnock, 1786. Presented to Wordsworth


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