About Us

Our Shop

Yesterday's Muse Books is an independent used and rare bookseller that has been in operation for almost 20 years. Our 'brick and mortar' shop opened in December, 2008, in our hometown of Webster, NY. We specialize in Literature, Military, American and Local History, and General Antiquarian.

Store Hours: 

Monday 10-5

Tuesday-Friday 10-7

Saturday 10-6


Services offered:

We buy books by appointment only. Please call us at 585-265-9295 or email us at books@yesterdaysmuse.com to set up an appointment with us if you have books to sell.

Book rental for events and productions. Please contact us for more details.

Appraisals for insurance purposes. Please contact us for more details.

New book orders and pre-orders. Please visit our affiliate page at https://bookshop.org/shop/yesterdaysmuse to place your order.


Our Staff 


Jonathan Smalter (Founder & Owner, Store Manager) has over 20 years of experience in the book trade. He is a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA), former vice president of the Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA), and a 2011 graduate of the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar (CABS). His expertise ensures customers receive aptly assessed books and materials at competitive prices. When he is not at the shop, he can be found playing board games or camping with his wife Kristine, listening to a wide variety of music, enjoying Rochester’s restaurant scene, or relaxing with a quality scotch or beer.




Holly O'Brien (She/Her/Hers) (Assistant Store Manager, Book Fair Coordinator) has over 15 years of experience in the book trade and is a 2019 Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar (CABS) graduate. From Bookseller & Receiver at Barnes & Noble, to a Library Clerk at her public library, she has now been part of the antiquarian trade for over 8 years. Her combination of current and previous book-related professions has put her in the unique position to be adept at understanding the workings, differences and similarities of the various worlds of The Book. In 2016 she attended her first book fair and has been hooked ever since.  Nerd at heart and a lover of all things Halloween, she can be found playing Dungeons & Dragons, snuggling with her fur babies The Rhiminee Cat, Vex’ahlia, and Zephalia, walking through a local cemetery, or imbibing in a quality wine and dreaming of Scotland.



Robert Grenier (Part-time Bookshop Clerk, Shipping & Receiving Leadhas been with Yesterday's Muse Books for 10 years. He runs our shipping and receiving department as well as performs the duties and responsibilities of a Bookshop Clerk. His cheerful demeanor and overall collected nature is sure to make your experience with us a positive one. In addition to working at our shop, he writes on the side and is the author of "It Could All Be a Dream"--a steampunk fantasy novel. While his favorite books are novels, he also enjoys reading history, biographies and the obscure.