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  • Birth, Death, and Rediscovery

    Fri, 06 May 2016 03:08:15 Permalink
    Today is my birthday. As such, through the magic of social media, dozens of friends and colleagues have taken a moment out of their day to acknowledge this, wish me well, and recommend that I enjoy myself in a number of ways. Most of these involve consuming good food, drinking alcoholic beverages, and relaxing, so […] Read More
  • How's Life?

    Tue, 26 Apr 2016 11:23:09 Permalink
    This morning I found myself asking someone, “How’s life?” It’s a common enough phrase, usually intended to express an interest in the well-being of someone without being too specific. As sometimes happens to me, though, this particular phrase caused an unintended chain reaction in my brain. (Bear with me, this will eventually work its way […] Read More
  • Getting Back in the Swing of Things

    Mon, 25 Apr 2016 10:10:09 Permalink
    Many of you will notice I haven’t posted in quite a while. As happens to many of us, I became overly occupied with other things, and did not have the time to properly attend to the blog. It’s happened before, and perhaps it will happen again in the future, but for now my goal is […] Read More
  • The Perfect Gift?

    Fri, 06 Feb 2015 11:17:47 Permalink
    Many of us know that books make great gifts, and that there is something very special about that perfect book for an important person in one’s life. Yesterday at the shop, I heard perhaps the greatest story in my career to date, illustrating this very concept. One of our regular customers, who I have seen […] Read More
  • On First Editions – A Commentary on the Recent 'Iliad' Debacle in the Latest J-Lo Film

    Thu, 05 Feb 2015 10:45:14 Permalink
    In the interest of furthering knowledge about books and book collecting, I feel obligated to comment on this story, and on some of the discussion it has created. For those who have not read the story, there is a link to the article below. First of all, yes, The Iliad is several thousand years old, […] Read More
  • Yesterday's Muse Books Best of 2013 Catalog

    Mon, 09 Dec 2013 09:35:30 Permalink
    Filed under: Books Tagged: antiquarian, Books, bookselling, bookstore, collectible, Yesterday's Muse Books Read More
  • Holiday Book Drive and Christmas 2013 Catalog

    Thu, 14 Nov 2013 07:27:32 Permalink
    We have been hard at work putting together what we think will be a great program for this holiday season. Partnering with several local charitable organizations, we will be hosting a holiday book drive to collect books for donation to those less fortunate. Interested in participating? It’s simple. If you have new or gently used […] Read More
  • October 2013 Highlights Catalog

    Wed, 02 Oct 2013 03:11:53 Permalink
    We have been hard at work and haven’t updated the blog in a while, but here is our most recent selection of highlights for your perusal. Enjoy! Filed under: Books Tagged: books; collectible books; antiquarian; first editions; signed books; reading Read More
  • September 2013 Newsletter

    Wed, 11 Sep 2013 07:58:55 Permalink
    For those not on our mailing list, here is a look at our latest newsletter. We’ve also embedded our latest new acquisitions list at the end of the post:   Another month has come and gone, and as always we have been busy booksellers. This past weekend we exhibited at the 41st Annual Rochester Antiquarian […] Read More
  • A hearty helping of Shakespeare

    Mon, 12 Aug 2013 01:03:15 Permalink
      We couldn’t wait until our next newsletter to share this gem with our followers: [The Stratford Town Shakespeare] Shakespeare, William; Clark, William George; Wright, William Aldis The Works of William Shakespeare, in Ten Volumes – Shakespeare Head Press Limited Edition, #585 of 1000 Duffield & Company, New York / Shakespeare Head Press, Stratford-upon-Avon 1904. […] Read More
  • August Newsletter

    Fri, 02 Aug 2013 12:18:15 Permalink
    I thought followers of this blog might enjoy seeing our monthly newsletter, so I have copied our August issue below in its entirety, and embedded a PDF of our most recent highlights catalog. Those interested in receiving our newsletter monthly, please visit our website at and complete the web form on the homepage. ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————- […] Read More
  • This Just In – Hand-Painted Chinese Portraits; Marie Bonaparte's Five Copy Books; Etc.

    Fri, 12 Jul 2013 03:29:04 Permalink
    Here is today’s crop of new books, which includes two very interesting items – if you’d like any of these, comment to claim them! Prices and other details are listed in the captions – click the image to zoom. The first image shows some of our usual bargain fare. The sets of pictures following it […] Read More
  • Webster Firemen's Carnival & Parade

    Thu, 11 Jul 2013 11:31:37 Permalink
    Tonight marks the beginning of the annual Fireman’s Carnival in Webster – the parade begins at 6:30 PM, and the carnival runs through Saturday night’s midnight fireworks display. This year the parade is expected to be bigger than ever, as fire companies from farther afield than usual will be attending to show their support for […] Read More
  • This Just In

    Tue, 09 Jul 2013 04:55:52 Permalink
    Here is today’s crop of new books (lots today!) – if you’d like any of these, comment to claim them! Prices and other details are listed in the captions – click the image to zoom. Filed under: Books Tagged: bargain books, Books, bookstore, bookstores, collectible books, reading, this just in, Webster NY, Yesterday's Muse Books Read More
  • July 2013 Newsletter

    Mon, 08 Jul 2013 10:52:59 Permalink
    At Yesterday’s Muse Books, we are in the habit of releasing a monthly newsletter detailing goings-on at the shop, and highlighting our most recent acquisitions. Below is our most recent newsletter:   This month’s newsletter comes a bit later – we wanted to make sure everyone had the time to relax and enjoy the July […] Read More
  • Encyclopaedia Britannica – The Scholar's Edition

    Mon, 08 Jul 2013 07:54:43 Permalink
    The Encyclopaedia Britannica (I will call it EB from this point for brevity’s sake) is synonymous enough with the word ‘encyclopedia’ that when one is able to call it simply ‘Britannica’, with the first word of the name implied. Since it’s first appearance in the mid-18th century, it has risen to a stature enjoyed by […] Read More
  • This Just In

    Sun, 07 Jul 2013 12:57:38 Permalink
    Here is today’s crop of books – if you’d like any of these, comment to claim them! Filed under: Books Tagged: bargain books, Books, charles dickens, elvis, princess diana, this just in Read More
  • Books as Self-Education

    Sat, 06 Jul 2013 09:24:01 Permalink
    I have always believed in the ability of books to be among our best teachers. Many of the fundamental principles that have guided my intellectual development were obtained not from family, not from school, but from the pages of a favorite book. I certainly do not want to diminish other forms of education at all, […] Read More
  • This Just In

    Wed, 03 Jul 2013 04:20:58 Permalink
    Even more bargain books today! Prices are listed in the captions of each image – click the image for a zoomed-in view. Remember, buy two and you get one free. If you’d like any of these, comment to claim them!   Filed under: Books Tagged: bargain books, Books, this just in Read More
  • This Just In

    Tue, 02 Jul 2013 06:12:57 Permalink
    Here is today’s crop of bargain books – if you’d like any of these, comment to claim them. There’s a good mix of fantasy, science fiction, humor here. Remember, prices are listed in the captions, and if you buy two, you get one free!   Filed under: Books Tagged: bargain books, Books, this just in Read More
  • Early Imprints

    Mon, 01 Jul 2013 08:39:42 Permalink
    As an antiquarian bookseller, I have occasion to own, at least temporarily, a number of very old books. Today I thought I would feature some of these, and give a bit of background about the significance of early printed works. Many reading this already know that the first major book produced in the West using […] Read More
  • Identification of First Editions

    Fri, 28 Jun 2013 04:34:03 Permalink
    One of the basic skills the novice collector (not to mention the novice bookseller) needs to learn is how to properly identify first editions. Depending on the book, and the publisher, this can be a very simple task, or quite complicated. Within this article I will do my best to provide a series of steps […] Read More
  • This Just In

    Fri, 28 Jun 2013 03:11:25 Permalink
    Here is today’s crop of bargain books – if you’d like any of these, comment to claim them!   Filed under: Books Tagged: bargain books, Books, this just in Read More
  • Assorted Edgar Allan Poe

    Thu, 27 Jun 2013 11:49:14 Permalink
    Edgar Allan Poe was a prolific writer in the nineteenth century, well-known for his macabre and mysterious works of short fiction and poetry. He is considered by many to be the inventor of the detective fiction genre, paving the way for other writers like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, and Dashiell Hammett. Most of […] Read More
  • This Just In

    Thu, 27 Jun 2013 10:39:18 Permalink
    This is our first blog post in what will be a continuing series featuring new arrivals, and offering them to you before they hit the shelves at our shop. If you don’t live locally and wish you could shop at our store, this is the next best thing. If you do live locally but want […] Read More
  • More Than You Can Chew

    Sun, 03 Jun 2012 07:19:32 Permalink
    Well, with the exception of attending the Buffalo Niagara International Antiquarian Book Fair with several dozen other dealers, I spent the month of May furiously working through the collection in my last blog post.The result? I would be more than halfway done, but the consignor has added even more!It got me thinking about the challenges we face in life, and how we approach them.In this instance, my strategy was to divide and conquer - watch for the release of Part I of the collection as an e-list very soon. Looking at the scope of the collection, how much more work Read More
  • The Importance of Being a Bibliophile

    Sat, 28 Apr 2012 04:13:23 Permalink
    Wow, time flies when youre cataloging books! Ive been away from the blog for about two weeks, knee deep in a recently acquired World War I collection, and the project is still only about 1/4 completed.Stay tuned for a giant subject list of material ranging from modern accounts of The Great War, to contemporary books and ephemera. Also peppered throughout are various peripheral items, and a few sub-categories (e.g., women during the war, African-Americans during the war, etc.).Working through this collection has me marveling at the power of a single individual to collect and curate. While much of the material Read More
  • Journey as Destination

    Tue, 10 Apr 2012 08:41:11 Permalink
    I am writing this blog post aboard a train, on my way to New York City for the Manhattan Vintage Book & Ephemera Fair. The unique blend of anxiety and excitement that characterized the final days of preparation for the trip has subsided, and I finally have a few hours to relax.As often happens when I travel by plane or train, I find myself musing on things philosophical. Something about gazing out a window as countryside hurtles past lends itself to reflection. (Ill warn you now, this post will be one mostly dealing with thoughts on life in general, but Read More
  • Treasures Found in Books

    Mon, 02 Apr 2012 12:37:22 Permalink
    Im sure all of us have opened up a recently purchased used book and been surprised to find additional material laid in (i.e., inserted but loose) or tipped in (i.e., mounted on one edge). The question is, what do these do to value?I have found many things in books, some as ordinary as business cards, others far more unusual (a lock of hair was a strange one). Newspaper articles, bookmarks, original receipts, pressed flowers, and postcards are all common finds. Sadly, finding money doesnt happen too often, though once we did find $120 in twenty dollar bills (this in a Read More
  • The Hunger Games and Dystopian Literature

    Wed, 21 Mar 2012 06:15:53 Permalink
    Ask the average person if they like dystopian literature, and they may not be completely sure. The initial reaction may be, Whats that? In fact, the academic and publishing communities do not exactly agree on the definition either.Ask the average person if they like The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and they will know exactly where they stand. Theyve read it or they havent, they love it or they dont, but most likely at this point they know what it is, and probably have a rough idea what the story entails.What is interesting is how similar the two questions are Read More
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