Astrolabe Booksellers has been trading in old, fine, rare and out-of-print books since 1987, carrying a good range of antiquarian and second-hand books on a wide variety of subjects, specialising in works on Tasmania.

Proprietor Michael Sprod is a long-standing member of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (ANZAAB), an affiliate of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB/LILA). These organisations establish standards of commercial behaviour to which members voluntarily adhere, and members observe the courtesies and honourable practices traditionally associated with the trade. In particular ANZAAB encourages its members to achieve high standards of accuracy in the description of material offered for sale. Customers of ANZAAB members can be assured that any problems arising from a purchase will be dealt with promptly and fairly.

Since March 2017 Astrolabe no longer has its own shopfront - although some stock is held at a Hobart antique shop, details below - and we now operate primarily as an internet/mail order business. All stock is fully described and available for order from this website, and regular catalogues will be issued, as previously. Enquiries by phone, email or mail are welcome, and a search service for hard-to-find titles is still available. Our regular appearances at book and antique fairs will also be continued.


Some Astrolabe stock is on display, and for sale, in Hobart at THE ANTIQUES WAREHOUSE, 64 WARWICK STREET opening hours Monday to Saturday 10-5, Sunday 10-4. Phone 03 6231 9284). Local customers, or visitors to Hobart, can browse and purchase the books displayed there, or collect internet/phone/mail orders. Those offering books for can sale bring them here for inspection - by prior arrangement- and please note that any enquiries should be directed to Michael Sprod on 0408 132 970 and not to the Antiques Warehouse.