Welcome to Motte & Bailey

Closed for Covid-19 Outbreak

As a bookshop focused on history, we realize that sometimes it jumps out of the books and finds us.  Such is the case now.

We’ll be closed as long as the Governor & Health Care officials deem prudent, but many of our books are available for sale online, and we ship free anywhere in the continental US.
Even Ann Arbor.

here at mottebooks.com
or on eBay as motte

If you like scholarly or detailed history, architecture, or rare books we hope you’ll visit us online and find something of interest.

Take time to learn something new.

Be safe, be well, take care of each other.


Theme song for the shutdown is :

Roll with the Changes by REO Speedwagon


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.

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.

The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.

Joseph Joubert