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Books and maps at mine Bay Area stores for the globetrotter.

From novels by James Michener to nonfiction by Paul Theroux to guidebooks by Michelin, travel-related literature is the stock in trade of nine book and map stores in the San Francisco Bay Area. Many also offer domestic and foreign maps, atlases, and globes, and some sell travel accessories like metric conversion tables, packable irons, and lightweight raingear. At two stores, you can even have your passport photograph taken. The proprietors and staff of these shops tend to be enthusiastic travelers willing to chat.

In our list, we note which stores offer catalogs on request. Telephone numbers are area code 415 unless noted.

Berkeley. Easy Going, 1400 Shattuck Ave., 94709; 843-3533. Travel accessories share space with guidebooks and maps. A passport photograph service and American Youth Hostel passes are available. Hours are 10 to 6 Mondays through Saturdays, noon to 5 Sundays. Catalog.

San Francisco. Book Passage, 57 Post St., #401, 94104; 982-7866. On the fourth floor of the city's-landmark Mechanics Institute Building, this small shop sells travel guides, maps, foreign language phrase books, and background reading. Hours are 10 to 5:30 Mondays through Fridays, 11 to 5 Saturdays. Catalog.

Gourmet Guides, 1767 Stockton St., 94133; 391-5903. Unusual shop bulges with a variety of cook books, travel guides, fiction, and maps. It's open noon to 5 Mondays through Fridays, until 7 Thursdays, noon to 3 Saturdays. Catalog lists cook books only.

Rand McNally Map Travel Center, 595 Market St., 94105; 777-3131. Wide selection of maps, atlases, guidebooks, and globes by Rand McNally and others. Hours are 9:30 to 6 Mondays through Fridays, 10 to 4 Saturdays. Catalog.

Thomas Bros. Maps, 550 Jackson St., 94133; 981-7520. This respected map-making firm (established in 1915) carries an extensive selection of maps, travel guides, and globes in surroundings reminiscent of an old English map store. Large mail-order business. Hours are 9 to 5 Mondays through Fridays.

Travel Market, Golden Gateway Center, 209 Jackson St., 94111; 421-4080. Colorful store carries travel guides, maps, foreign language aids, travel accessories. Hours are 10 to 6 Mondays through Fridays, 11 to 5 Saturdays. Catalog.

San Mateo. Around and About Travel, 931 Shoreline Dr., 94404; 573-7998. Travel guides and adventure novels sold by mail only; emphasis on Bay Area. A quarterly newsletter ($6 annually) reviews current travel literature. Catalog.

Palo Alto. Phileas Fogg's Books and Maps for the Traveler, 540 University Ave., 94301; 327-1754. Named for the indefatigable adventurer in Jules Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days, this shop carries numerous guides and maps, as well as atlases, regional literature, language aids, and children's travel books. It's open 10 to 6 Mondays through Saturdays, until 9 Thursdays and Fridays.

Los Gatos. Travel Shop, 56-1/2 N. Santa Cruz Ave., 95030; (408) 354-9909. Many guidebooks, domestic and foreign maps, travel accessories. Passport photograph service and AYH passes are available. Hours are 10 to 5 Mondays through Saturdays. Catalog.
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