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The Definitive Christmas Gift Guide

by Cathay Che
Photography by Chris Astley

BOUND TO TRAVEL
Perfect For: The Adventurous Voyeur

We simply don't have time (or the moola) to travel to all of the spots round the world that we'd like, but these coffee-table books can help stave off stay-at-home blues. From top: You can practically feel the heat of volcanic ash and rubble bursting forth from Mount Vesuvius (and, literally, from the pages) in Pompeii Pop-Up, a dynamic history of the once buried city. Even wizened South American veterans will get a new perspective on the continent in Through the Eyes of the Condor, by Robert B. Haas. The National Geographic contributor and award-winning environmentalist shot the stunning landscapes from the air. Meanwhile, India Sublime offers dazzling eye candy of former maharajas' palaces in Rajasthan, now converted into hotels (an inspiring read before you book your trip). Women Travelers recounts the trials and thrills of such female vanguards as Fanny Vandegrift, who trekked the globe with her husband Robert Louis Stevenson.

Pompeii Pop-Up (Universe Publishing), $30
India Sublime (Rizzoli International Publications), $65
Women Travelers (Flammarion S.A.), $45
All from Rizzoli Bookstore
www.rizzoliusa.com
Tel: 800 522 6657

Through the Eyes of the Condor (National Geographic Society), $50
http://shop.nationalgeographic.com
Tel: 800 437 5521
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