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Favorite used-book stores

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 William Morris at hisKelmscott press,namesake of thebookshop.Bibliophiles mighthave to mortgage thehouse for this one.

Drusilla's Books, 817 N. Howard St., Antique Row

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. 31st St., 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

Reader's Pick
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.

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