Motte and Bailey is a used and rare bookstore, focusing on "pre-1900 American and European history, Books About Books, and scholarly titles." Located between Catherine and Ann on Fourth Avenue.

212 N. Fourth Ave, Ann Arbor, 48104 - (734) 669-0451

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The owners are Gene Alloway and Paul Hare.

In the news

Michigan Daily, October 4, 2012. Staying on the page in the digital age


If Alloway grasped what most booksellers who were around during Borders’s heyday did — that the store was a shell of its former self — he also saw the inverse of his own shop. He saw that Wi-Fi and coffee distracted readers from shopping, as did e-books and trinkets, which could be bought elsewhere. So his shop, Motte & Bailey, would not have Wi-Fi or e-readers or coffee or puzzles or gourmet popcorn. In two weeks, it will celebrate its twelfth birthday.