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One that got away

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We were looking the other evening for our copy of a lovely book, Nathan Silver’s 1968 book Lost New York. I remember buying it second hand when we had no money, perhaps five years after it was first published, in the even-then old-fashioned warren that was Galloway and Morgan in Aberystwyth. The book is a  photographic essay on the lost buildings and streets of a past city. It is very evocative, not that I’ve ever been to New York, or now ever will (but then the city of the mind —  of Edith Wharton, say — is not there to be visited). But there’s something about glimpses of cities the day-before-yesterday, though I find it hard to put into words the deep appeal I find in them. We couldn’t believe it that the book had gone. Somehow, in a mad moment, in one of those necessary fits of clearing out to keep at bay the ever over-flowing shelves, we must have looked at each other and said ‘have you looked at that in a dozen years or more? no?? then it. . .

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