About Us

Muir Books - Robert Muir Old & Rare Books

[Established 1973]
Located at 17 Lindsay Street, Perth, Western Australia in the Northbridge precinct, just north of Newcastle Street and a two minute walk from the Perth Cultural Centre, Art Gallery of Western Australia, WA  Museum and PICA.  Rare, second-hand and out-of-print books, maps, art, paintings, prints, photographs, posters and artefacts fill the ground floor of this converted horse stable built in the late 1890’s and recently renovated.


Rob and Janet Muir are the owners and together with Tara Surry operate the bookshop. Janet has managed the business since 1987. Having worked with her late father-in-law and mother-in-law (Robert and Helen Muir) for over 30 years as a valuer and researcher in early Australian history with interest in original manuscripts, documents, diaries, and art. Rob has worked as a sound engineer for nearly three decades spending time in the shop when required, and in 2007 following his father's death, he joined the business full-time. Tara commenced work in the bookshop in 2008. She is a graduate of the University of Western Australia earning her PhD in English Literature and prior to joining the bookshop worked in the area of books and publishing both in London and New York. Tara has an interest and a very good knowledge of literature and history and is a well-qualified researcher, cataloguer and a 'finder' of that hard to find book.
On site parking available with wheel chair access.


Hours of business:

We are open 6 days a week.
Monday to Friday: 10.30 am to 6 pm
Saturdays: 11 am to 3 pm.
Other times by appointment.



Government Approved Valuer :
Janet Muir is an approved Australian Commonwealth Government Valuer for the Cultural Gifts and Cultural Bequests Programs.  We also value Books, Manuscripts, Photographs, Postcards, Ephemera, Australian Paintings, Drawings, Prints and Maps for the purpose of disposal, insurance, probate or family division. Sighting of the items is essential.


Free search service:

We welcome requests to locate any books that out of print or hard to find. We search in Australia and world-wide. We will notify you of availability and price including postage before ordering the book. No matter how obscure and we will find it for you.

Bookbinding & Restorations:

We provide a full and expert bookbinding and restoration service.



We publish occasional catalogues on various subjects, which are available by post or email.


We buy and sell:

We buy books, paintings, engravings, maps, photographs and collectables