About Our Store


Yesterday's Muse Inc. is an independent used and rare bookseller that has been in operation for over 10 years. We opened our first 'brick and mortar' storefront in December of 2008 in our hometown of Webster, NY.


Owner Jonathan Smalter is a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA), and former vice president of the Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA), both of which are trade organizations created to promote ethical online selling practices, and to encourage continuing education among fellow booksellers. He is also a 2011 graduate of the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar (CABS). He has over fifteen years of experience in the book trade, during which time he has become adept at evaluating used and collectible books.

Condition Grading

Below are the different classifications of condition we use when cataloging books. When a volume is somewhere between these points on the grading scale, we tend to err on the side of caution and choose the lower condition grade - our aim is to be as accurate as we can, while making sure every customer is satisfied with the item(s) they receive.


  • Fine: An exceptional copy, with no visible flaws.


  • Near Fine: Almost fine, but bearing minimal wear. Defects described.


  • Very Good: Shows some wear, though no major flaws affecting the legibility of the text or the structural integrity of the book. Defects described.


  • Good: A complete book with moderate wear - about average, but no longer attractive, and may have significant damage. Defects described.


  • Fair: Significantly worn, and may be missing superficial pieces (e.g., front or end matter), but not textual content. Defects described.

For more detailed explanations of these condition grades, and other useful terminology, we encourage you to visit the following websites: