About Us

Our Shop

Yesterday's Muse Books is an independent used and rare bookseller that has been in operation for over 10 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.

We buy and trade books by appointment (sorry, no walk-ins). Please contact us by e-mail with a detailed description (and photos if possible) of what you have, and we can either schedule an appointment for review, or if we cannot use the books, provide information about where you might take them next. We do offer house calls for larger collections (500+ books). If you have additional questions about our intake process, please feel free to call us at 585-265-9295.


Our Staff 


Jonathan Smalter (Founder & Owner, Full-time Bookseller) 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 (Full-time Bookseller, 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 6 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.  She is currently part of the Antiquarian Bookseller's Association of America's (ABAA) Mentorship Program, where she has been paired with Mentor ABAA Member Holly Segar of Caroliniana Books. 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.


Willow Knight (Full-time Bookshop Clerk) is the newest  addition to our staff. Her excitement for learning and her can-do attitude are sure to make your experience with us  one you remember. Her childhood passion for literature  led her to pursue it academically, and she graduated in  2020 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from  Nazareth College. Some of her favorite authors are:   Jesmyn Ward, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Willa Cather, Thich Nhat Hanh, Pema Chödrön, the classic Shakespeare, Craig Thompson, and Daniel Handler (AKA: Lemony Snicket). In her free time, she enjoys hiking, baking sweet treats for her friends, attending local theatre, and spending quality time with her loved ones.



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.