The Dictionary of Imaginary Places

by Alberto Manguel and Gianni Guadaliipi.Macmillan, $24.95. This guidebook, complete with illustrations by Graham Greenfield and maps by James Cook, is a most useful aid for the ambitious traveler, who is warned that the Royal Palace in Slavna, Kravonia, dates from 1820 and is “regrettably typical of the style of the period,” and is advised to carry, when visiting Castle Dracula, “the usual array of silver crosses, strings of garlic and wooden stakes and hammers. . . There are, of course, some omissions. Gourouniphiles nostalgic for the great empress will regret the lack of directions to Blandings Castle, although that estate may have been ignored at the owner’s request. The present earl is reputed to have inherited all his late uncle’s terror of pignappers. Index.