About Us

The Business    

We are the leading natural history specialist bookshop in Australia. Established in 1981, we hold a world class inventory in new, secondhand and rare antiquarian books and wildlife art. Rare natural history books are our specialty and we ship books to anywhere in the world. Our books are sourced from publishers and suppliers world-wide. We have large stocks of books on birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, invertebrates, botany, ecology, palaeontology, insects, marine, biology, aviculture, fossils, entomology and conservation. Our natural history stock covers books for Australia, Antarctica, America, Britain, Africa, Europe and Asia. Our wildlife art gallery regularly offers original paintings by Neville Cayley (junior and senior), Sarah Stone, William T. Cooper, Raymond Ching and Peter Schouten.

We hold substantial amounts of stock in our shop in Prahran. This means that most of the books you see listed on our website are able to be shipped out immediately.

We are primarily a mail order business and ship world-wide. Our packing is of the highest quality and we employ a near full-time packer. However, we are committed booksellers and offer a full shop service. Our showroom is located in Prahran, Melbourne and is open normal business hours and no appointment is necessary. Our knowledgeable staff have backgrounds in zoology, scientific photography and the book trade. We pride ourselves on offering professional and prompt service to all our customers.

We issue hardcopy catalogues and email lists regularly, as well as offering our customers an efficient backordering service. To receive our email lists and catalogues Join Our Mailing List today.

We Buy Books. We are always keen to buy books in our field, from single copies to gigantic libraries. Please contact us by phone if you have anything you think may interest or complete the we buy books email form. If the books are of sufficient value we are prepared to travel.

We are members of ANZAAB (Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian booksellers) and ILAB (International League of Antiquarian Booksellers).

The Owners

Andrew Isles

Andrew has a Bachelor of Science degree from Monash University in Melbourne majoring in zoology. This led to employment as a Research Officer with Fisheries and Wildlife (now the Department of Environment and Sustainability) followed by some work as a consultant zoologist. Book collecting was a major interest in his life before the business and it seemed logical to combine his interest in zoology, particularly ornithology, with his great interest in books. He started the business in 1981.

Belinda Isles

Belinda is also a zoologist with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in zoology. Belinda worked at the Museum of Victoria in the Department of Ornithology assisting the then Curator of Birds, Allan McEvey. She ran the department for two years after Allan's retirement and then left the Museum in 1990 and came into our business full time. Belinda is very much involved with ensuring that the new book side of the business runs smoothly (a difficult task).

The Staff

Rachel Fetherston

Rachel joined Andrew Isles Natural History Books in February 2016. Rachel has a Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) and a Bachelor of Science from Monash University, and loves combining her passion for both literature and zoology through her job at Andrew Isles. She is responsible for processing customer orders and requests and ensures our email correspondence is dealt with promptly. Rachel is the first point of contact for most customers.

Stephanie Jackowski

Stephanie joined Andrew Isles Natural History Books in May 2011. Stephanie is a trained opera singer and has over ten years experience working in the book industry. Every day is Christmas for Stephanie as she gets to open and process all the boxes from our suppliers. Her responsibilities also include maintaining our website, developing our email promotions and managing our specialised library supply service.

Isabella Burns

Isabella has a Bachelor of Business Studies degree from Monash University majoring in Accounting. She started work as our bookkeeper in January 2005 and is responsible for the day to day running of the company accounts.

Maggie Scaringi

Maggie joined Andrew Isles Natural History Books in November 2010.  Maggie has a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Archaeology) from La Trobe University and has experience working in the booktrade and as a library technician. Maggie knows the day to day workings of the business very well and performs a variety of tasks.

Claire Theiler

Claire joined Andrew Isles Natural History Books mid-2009 and is our specialist image processor and catalogue developer. Claire is trained in graphic design.

Sara Smith

Sara joined Andrew Isles Natural History Books in July 2013.  She has a Bachelor of Visual Arts (majoring in Art Theory) and is currently undertaking her Masters of Cultural Materials Conservation. Sara has a range of responsibilities at the shop.