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Paradise Browsed

Outside magazine, May 1996

Paradise Browsed

Eight Fine Bookstores

Chessler Books, Box 399, 26030 Highway 74, Kittredge, CO 80457; 800-654-8502 (303-670-0093 in Colorado). The largest mountaineering book dealer in the world- the majority of its sales through mail order-with more than 30 titles on Everest alone and many rare and out-of-print books.

Stanfords, 12-14 Long Acre, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9LP, England; 011-44-171-836-1321. One of the best travel bookstores anywhere, with a collection of maps and atlases-stuffed with Third World rarities-that is mind-blowing.

Adventurous Traveler Bookstore, Box 1468, Williston, VT 05495; 800-282-3963. A wide range of hard-to-find guidebooks, as well as maps. All staffers are experienced outdoorspeople themselves.

Au Vieux Campeur, 2 Rue du Latran 75005, Paris, France; 011-33-1-43-29-12-32. Scattered across the Latin Quarter are 17 Au Vieux Campeur shops, each specializing in a different pursuit: mountain climbing, skiing, snowboarding, etc. This one is a bookstore-and a stunning one.

Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA 94925; 800-999-7909. With more than 40,000 titles in stock, a store with a particular fondness for the travel genre and more than 300 author events each year.

Pilgrims Book house, Box 3872, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal; phone 011-977-1-244-040; fax 011-977-1-229-983; E-mail info@pilgrims.wlink.com.np. An impressive selection of literature on Tibet, Nepal, India, and Central Asia, as well as a large selection of old, rare, and out-of-print books.

The Savvy Traveller, 310 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60604; 312-913-9800. A first-rate source for a spectrum of travel-related books, from guides to travelogues to regional histories to fiction.

Ary's Book Shop, Main St., Ubud, Bali 80571; 011-62-361-963- 51. You can find a variety of obscure gems with titles like Malay Poisons and Charm Cures at this little shop across the street from the main temple in a beautiful town in the Balinese countryside.

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