Here are five of our favorite local used-book stores:
Kelmscott Bookshop,34 W. 25th St.,Charles Village
MON.-SAT. 10 A.M.-6 P.M.
Baltimore's oldestused-book store, theKelmscott, has beenat this spot 28 years.It's now owned byFran Durako.
The hit: She has acopy of The Works ofGeoffrey Chaucer,printed by WilliamMorris at hisKelmscott press,namesake of thebookshop.Bibliophiles mighthave to mortgage thehouse for this one.
Drusilla's Books,817 N. Howard St.,Antique Row
TUES.-SAT. NOON-5 P.M.
Drusilla Jones hasbeen selling antiquarianand out-ofprintbooks for morethan 20 years.Children's books area specialty, butthere's room for avintage Playboy'sHost and Bar Book.
The hit: A handdrawnmap of MountVernon by Richard Q."Moco" Yardley, aformer editorial cartoonistat The Sun.Yours for $250.
Unicorn Book Shop,Route 50, Trappe,Talbot County,Eastern Shore
DAILY 9 A.M.-5 P.M.
About midwaybetween Easton andCambridge, theUnicorn is a serendipitousrest stop on theway to the ocean.Owner Jim Dawsonoffers 5-cent paperbacksto rare, signedfirst editions.
The hit: A Mercatormap printed in 1609of the coast from theChesapeake down tonorth Florida. Price:$2,400.
Book Rendezvous,218 E. Lexington St.,downtown
TUES.-FRI. 9:30 A.M.-5:30P.M. SAT. 10:30 A.M.-5 P.M.
Long a haven forbrowsers on CalvertStreet, Rendezvousis now across thestreet from City Hall.Bookseller DianaBotteon says thebooks are wellpricedand none istattered.
The hit: CollectibleModern Library classics,many with theoriginal dust jackets,and vintage sci-fipaperbacks.
Normals, 425 E. 31stSt., Waverly
DAILY 11 A.M.-5 P.M.
The gold standard."We have reallybroad scholarly ...stuff," says RupertWondolowski, one offour owners."Everything fromclassic fiction to philosophyto artbooks." Plus a greatselection of vinylrecords.
The hit: The RedRoom presentsweekly experimentalimprovised music,usually at 8:30 p.m.Saturday.
-- Carl Schoettler, Sun staff
Patrick Holmes of Baltimore suggests High Grounds Espresso & Books
"I enjoy browsing their organized collection of books. They have something fornearly everyone's taste. And the coffee, danish and sandwiches aren't bad,either." High Grounds is at 3201 Eastern Ave.