30 Mar 2020
LOCATION & HISTORY
Muir Books [Robert Muir Old & Rare Books established 1973] is located at 17 Lindsay Street, Perth, Western Australia. Situated in the Northbridge precinct, just north of Newcastle Street and only 2 minute walking distance from the Art Gallery of Western Australia, WA Museum, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and the Perth Cultural Centre. Rare and out-of-print books, art, paintings and photographs fill the ground floor of a recently converted horse stable built in 1913.
Rob and Janet Muir are the owners and operate the bookshop along with Tara Surry. Janet has been the manager of the business since 1987. Having worked with her late father-in-law (Robert Muir) as a valuer and researcher in early Western Australian and Australian history, her areas of expertise are original manuscript documents, diaries, and artworks. Rob has worked as a sound engineer for nearly three decades spending time in the shop when required, and in 1987 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 WA 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 good knowledge of literature and history and is a well qualified researcher and cataloguer. She is a genius in finding out of print, hard to find and rare books.
On site parking, wheel chair access and client amenities are available.
(right): Robert Muir (1933-2007)
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 Valuers
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.
Phone +(618) 9228 2111 write or email us for any item, 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.
BUYING AND SELLING
We Buy and Sell
We handle collections, buy out-right and also sell on commission. Apart from books, we deal in paintings, engravings, maps, postcards, old photographs, archival material and ephemera.
We Wish to Purchase
Libraries, Collections of rare historical or collectable material of any description or size. Anything items written or illustrated such as business papers, brochures, documents, trade catalogues, postal or greeting cards. We are also interested in modern books: fiction, non-fiction, or technical. If you have a large number of books or items, we are happy to call at your convenience.
ROBERT MUIR (1933 - 2007)
Robert Muir, bookseller, collector and historian, died in Perth, Western Australia on 28 March 2007.
Eulogy - Robert Muir
Eulogy by Ian Muir
'Robert Muir' by R & L Fisher