Welcome to Motte & Bailey

Holiday Hours 2022:

Thursday, 24 Nov.  Closed

Open Sundays 12-3:30 pm (at least) till Christmas

Saturday, 24 Dec.  10-5 p.m.

Sunday, 25 Dec. Closed

Saturday 31 Dec. 10-5

Sunday 1 Jan. 2023 Closed

Regular hours resume Monday 2 Jan. 2023


Masks are required

Gloves, masks, and hand sanitizer are available

We require these measures for now, as we often visit the homes of older persons, who sometimes have health issues, to purchase books.


We are a used and rare bookshop in Ann Arbor Michigan, with both more common and antiquarian books.  We have 12,500 books in all subjects, with nearly 2,000 catalogued on our site in over 50 catalogs.

We focus on Ancient & Medieval history, Science fiction & Fantasy, Books About Books, and Military history.

We also have very good sections of Children's picture books, Architecture, History of Science, World history, Transportation history, and antiquarian books, including illustrated volumes and history.

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.

When you enter the ocean, you enter the food chain - and not necessarily at the top.

Jacques-Ives Cousteau