About us

Gustave David (G. David), a thirty-six-year-old Parisian, started buying and selling books on the Cambridge Market in 1896. As the business grew, Gustave soon expanded and opened a bookshop in St Edward’s Passage, where you’ll find us today.

The market stall ceased trading in 1981 but David's continued to flourish in St Edward’s Passage where Gustave ran the business with his son Hubert David. Today it’s run by Gustave’s great grandson David Asplin and two business partners Brian Collings and Neil Adams.

Brian joined the firm in 1964, David in 1968 and Neil in 1979 – a total of 150 years’ experience of bookselling in Cambridge between them!

We have a great and ever-changing collection of antiquarian and second hand books and antique prints. We also sell a vast range of carefully selected new books at greatly reduced prices (publishers’ remainders).

David’s bookshop has become a Cambridge institution attracting book lovers and collectors from across the globe. Make sure you come and visit us soon. We look forward to welcoming you into our shop.

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