Steven Simpson Books


Steven Simpson, Market Place, GB - MARKET RASEN LN8 6BG, United Kingdom

Tel. 07-783-857-245, International Tel. +447-783-857-245

Est. (Brighton) 1986. SAN (publisher's standard address number) 0149616


Main agents and exclusive book trade distributors for Alaken, Inc, Aqualog Verlag A.C.S. GmbH., Aquapress Publishers, Hans A. Baensch/Mergus Verlag GmbH., Birgit Schmettkamp Verlag, Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad (Mexico), DATZ., Desert Fishes Council, El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (Mexico), SERCUL., Sociedad Ictiológica Mexicana A.C., New Life Publications (Florida), Verlag Eugen Ulmer PLC (Stuttgart), Himalayan Ecosphere and Bimala Shrestha Publishers (Nepal)


Global distributing agent for the World Organisation for Animal Health, (OIE), Paris

Sales Agent for FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations)

Subscription Agent


Steven Simpson offer a wide variety of scientific, specialist, antiquarian & rare books and a wealth of experience in the scientific publishing & bookselling industry


The business started in the 1980s as a niche mail order bookseller, printed catalogues were issued for fifteen years from 1986 - 2000.


We have been trading on the internet since 1997, our webshop has been in operation 365 / 24 / 7 since 2004 without a single problem and was upgraded to this new version in 2018.


These days we send very little marketing email and our business continues to grow through your ever returning trade and client recommendation.


Success was inevitable and our business has developed into a specialist, fully integrated e-commerce retailer, publishers' distributor and library supplier with a core business of private and scientific clients. You will not find us on price comparison sites.


We are primarily an internet and mail order business UK based in beautiful rural Lincolnshire and trade worldwide.


We supply only top quality products, carefully and securely packaged to reach you in perfect condition.


Quality: We only ever offer new or very good or better condition secondhand stock

Proven Track Record: We have been in business since 1986, and have a proven track record of success. By now thousands of buyers from around the world have shopped with us. We know what works and what doesn't when it comes to buying and selling online

Secure Site: Our site is always up and running. We have industry standard safeguards to ensure the confidentiality of your transaction information. We have a strong privacy policy, and we never share your contact information or data with any third parties. 

Money Back Guarantee: We stand by the products we sell and will replace your purchase in the very rare event of a problem (conditions apply)


We are still in the market for your surplus books: We are always interested in acquiring better quality general, academic and antiquarian books, good single items or collections and libraries of any size. We purchase, broker, clear houses, accept donations (including deaccessioned institution and library stock), or can offer a completely transparent and reliable consulting-consignment proposal (revenue sharing) for any customers who have books for disposal. A realistic appraisal, none of the risks, a higher return and much lower costs than selling at auction. Distance is not an object.


Why flounder around with anyone else ?  Trust the company you have counted on for the last 30 years.


Client comments, some of the nice things that you have said about us recently, thank you:


"Thanks a lot! I have received my order today. I greatly appreciate your prompt shipment. This is a special books, I will always treasure it. If there is another opportunity please offer your support again". Hitoshi Suwa, Kumagaya, Japan


"Thanks for the prompt job done and book is received", Maya Desland, Paris


"Thank you for your timely delivery!", Ilene H. Segal, DVM, Past President Massachusetts Veterinary Association, USA


"The book has arrived here, this is a really great book. This publication will be of use to me for many years to come. Thanks again for all your help. Til a next order. Have a great weekend", Gerard Leusden, Utrecht, Netherlands


"I received my books yesterday and am very happy with both of them. Thanks again. Looking forward to buying some more books soon. Kind regards", Colin South, NSW, Australia


"I received the books today. They were all wrapped in plastic shrink and in great condition, thank you very much!", Refael Hudera, Holon, Israel


"Thank you very much for sending the binoculars so promptly. They arrived just before 8am this morning. I have had a quick look out the back window and am very pleased indeed. I'll certainly put your web site in my bookmarks. Thanks again", Peter Rees, London


"I have been browsing your library and I love the books you have !!!!", Manu Esteve, University of Toronto, Canada


"I confirm that the binoculars were received last week in excellent order. Many thanks for all and best regards", Dr A. B. Joseph, University of Malta


"I recently purchased a set of Aqualog books from you.  They are fantastic books at a very good price.  Your delivery was very prompt. I am very happy I found this site.  Anyway I will be looking to collect a few more of the Aqualog titles over the coming months and will be purchasing them all from Steven Simpson Books. I was wondering if you could locate the 'Tetra' sub series and order them in for me ? Thanks", Craig Howarth, Oldham


"Just a thank you from me, it has been a pleasure to start doing business with you. Books arrived in first class condition and on time. Will certainly be a return customer as and when I see something. Great transaction. Thanks again", Len Gilbert, Newcastle


"Imaging Marine Life, Macrophotography and Microscopy Approaches for Marine Biology : thank you for making this book available", Michael Janes, Phoenix, Arizona, USA


"Book has arrived. Thanks for a really superb copy, properly packed too", Dr Neil Whyte, Reading


"Thank you very much for the quick and uncomplicated transaction. The book arrived well a few days ago and I am very happy. Kind Regards from Germany", Paul Sarad, Cologne


"Thank you very much for the books which arrived yesterday afternoon.  I am delighted with them and have squirrelled them away for wrapping. I predict a very quiet Christmas with my son's head stuck firmly in the books !  Now, however, he has started on about Dr.  Axelrod and I've told him he'll have to save up for that himself !  With best wishes and hoping you have a good Christmas and New Year", Sue Bushell, Oxford


"I received the package last Friday (November 30th) : fast !  Thanks !  Am still looking for Volume 3 - I have found it, but not deliverable to Canada. Thanks again !",  Kelly O'Brien, Quebec, Canada


"The books were delivered at my door 15 minutes ago, in perfect order. An absolutely stunning set of books ! Thank you. Best regards", Svein Fossa, Aust-Agder, Norway


"Came in today, excellent stuff. Thank you so much for a smooth deal", Robby Hui, Glasgow


"Books arrived safely yesterday. Many thanks for an effortless and efficient ordering process. All the best", Andy Patel, Rotherham


"Thanks for the book, nice packing", Henry LaClair, Eugene, Oregon, USA


"Just a quick note to say that my book The Italian Spinone has arrived safe and sound today – it is in excellent condition – thank you !  It was a pleasure dealing with you and I would very much like to be added to your mailing list, I am sure I may be tempted for other purchases in the future !  Kind regards", Alyson Mills, Victoria, Australia


"Thank you very much for keeping me updated, privilege dealing with you, I'll recommend anyone to you, thank you",  Steve Kelsall, Stafford


"I already received the package. Thank you very much, it is all in perfect conditions and the delivery didn't taken so long like I thought. Best regards and thanks once again", João Gomes, Lisbon, Portugal


"Thank you very much - that was quicker than expected ! Remarkably, the book was delivered this morning. Thank you for going out of your way to get that organised so quickly. I appreciate your help... Kind regards", Paul Kerrison, Based On A True Story, Leeds


"Item came today just wanted to thank you for an amazing service, cheap, quick delivery and an amazing book !" Stuart Davies, Wigan


"Dear Steven, We have just received the book, excellent !!!!!!! Thank you very much. I am looking forward to our future co-operation. Best wishes from Split", Ingrid Catic, Split, Croatia


"This order arrived in excellent condition last Wednesday. Thanks for your prompt service. Regards", Brenton Cadd, Victoria, Australia


"Thank you so much for getting back to me, I am glad to say that the book arrived this morning, sorry for jumping the gun, but thank you so much for the book, I am very pleased and a great service, I will definately use you again as I am looking at some other Aqualog books that I am thinking of buying. Thanks again", Daz Flinders, Rotherham


"Thank you once again for such prompt service on a book !  The latest Heiko Bleher book (Volume 2) arrived this morning in fine condition. Many thanks", Carl May, Lake Worth, Florida, USA


"Hello, I've received the package with my order. Book is in perfect state. Thanks. Best wishes", Johan Willems, Netherlands.


"My books came today, I’m very pleased. All the best", Terje Knudsen, Norway.


"Thanks for the book, nice packing", Henry LaClair, Eugene, Oregon, USA


"Many thanks for the prompt dispatch of the book which I ordered on Tuesday (Manual of Fish Sclerochronology); I received it early this morning (Wednesday). I have also joined your e-mailing list on your web site so I can be kept informed of further updates to your very extensive catalogue", Andy Marriott, Bangor University, Wales.


"I just would like to say thanks for great collaboration. Yesterday I get the book in perfect condition. Thanks and have a nice day", Peter Mikolic, Slovenia.


"I am very impressed by the fact that you have so many books which are not available elsewhere. I could not find any of your titles in Bangkok's largest bookshops. Very nice to have found your webshop", Hiroko Aoki, Chiba University, Japan.


"Hi, I'm writing this email to thank you all for the very quick service given to the abovementioned order - it was very much appreciated. The two books arrived in immaculate condition. Thanks again",  Jacki Martin, NSW., Australia.


"Hi Steven, Thanks for your fantastic service. I am very impressed with your selection of books and have been emailing your website to other colleagues involved with fish and fisheries research. Cheers", R. Keller Kopf, Charles Sturt University, Australia.


"Hello. I just received Volume 4. Thank you very much. I'm highly recommending this fine boutique to all the people I know interested in Biology and Natural Sciences. And so that you know, I found it by chance, doing a Google search for 'The Modern Coral Reef Aquarium'. Best regards", Borja Marcos, Spain