About Our Store
Yesterday's Muse Inc. is an independent used & 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,
Owner Jonathan Smalter is a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA), the 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 fifteen years of experience in the book trade, during which time
he has become adept at evaluating used and collectible books.
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.
Shows some wear, though no major flaws affecting the legibility of the
text or the structural integrity of the book. Defects described.
A complete book with moderate wear - about average, but no longer
attractive, and may have significant damage. Defects described.
Significantly worn, and may be missing superficial pieces (e.g., front
or end matter), but not textual content. Defects described.
more detailed explanations of these condition grades, and other useful
terminology, we encourage you to visit the following websites: