Someone else had borrowed it.
I also pondered saying to the library that I had lost the book, in order to keep it in my possession forever. What made me hesitate was not primarily morals, but the fine print in the library rules guide. For most lost books they charged a fixed amount, which was manageable on a meager student allowance. But the fine print also stated that they might charge the book’s “actual value”. That phrase was enough to scare me straight.
When I was 19 I left my hometown to go the university and the book started to fade from my memory. But a year ago I realised that it might be available on Ebay.
And it was. For a song.
Though only as a paper back with less than stellar printing. But the images has stood the test of time and I still find myself getting completely absorbed by all the beauty.
In Vogue was published in 1975 and contains stories and images from British Vogue from 1916-1975. Among the photographers featured are Cecil Beaton, Richard Avedon, Horst and David Bailey.