“A STATE OF JOY AND LAUGHTER”: SIGNED BY JACQUELINE KENNEDY ONASSIS AND LEE RADZIWILL
BOUVIER, Jacqueline and BOUVIER, Lee. One Special Summer. New York: Delacorte, (1974). Folio, original marbled blue paper boards, original cardboard slipcase with photographic paper label. $3200.
Signed limited first edition of this delightful memoir written by the Bouvier sisters about their summer in Europe, one of only 500 copies, signed by Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis and Lee Bouvier Radziwill. Rare.
A delightful book by the two Bouvier sisters about their summer traveling through Europe in 1951, when Jackie was 22 and Lee 17. They originally wrote and illustrated the book as a gift for their mother and stepfather, who let them go on the trip. Entirely hand-written by the two women, and illustrated on almost every page by Jackie, who was a skilled caricaturist, the book conveys their girlish innocence and delight in being abroad together for the first time. In less than ten years, Jackie would be the First Lady of the United States and charm Paris on an official state visit with the president, and Lee would be married to Price Stanislaw Radziwill. Upon rediscovering this manuscript in 1974, the sisters decided to publish it, "with not a word or a pen stroke changed." With photographs and copies of cables. Both sisters have signed this book with their maiden names, something they rarely did after their marriages. Published the same year as the first trade edition; a copy of the unsigned first trade edition is included as a reading copy with this title.
Mild toning to spine and edge of slipcase. An about-fine signed copy.