Welcome to Motte & Bailey

We are a used and rare bookshop in Ann Arbor Michigan, with both more common and antiquarian books.  We focus on American and European history, Books About Books, children's books, and scholarly titles. We have 10,000 books in all subjects, with over 2,400 catalogued on our site in over 50 catalogs. New arrivals are always listed here before we post them to the internet bookselling sites.

Buy Three and Get a Deal Offer Everyday

To keep our stock interesting and changing, we buy individual books or entire libraries across our region. To help make room and to say thanks for coming in, when you visit our shop and buy 3 books, the cheapest of the three is free if it is $12 or less. If all the books are priced over $12, you still get $10 off. And it works for 6 books, for 9 books, etc.

We are one of the few remaining booksellers in our area who perform appraisals for estate, donation, or insurance purposes. See links to to your left for more information.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or if are looking for a hard to find book. If you prefer to call, our phone number is 734.669.0451. Our hours are Mon -Sat 10-7 p.m., closed Sundays. However, you may call for an appointment.

Christmas & New Years Hours:

Mon. 24 Dec 10-4,  Closed Christmas Day, normal hours Weds.

Mon. 31 Dec 10-5, Closed New Years Day, normal hours Weds.


A novel has to be exceptionally good to live as long as the average cat.

Hugh MacLennan