In 1951, eighteen-year-old Lee Bouvier and her twenty-two-year-old sister Jacqueline took their first trip to Europe together. Jackie had already spent a year in France living with a French family and attending the Sorbonne. Her many cards and letters had made her sister Lee want nothing more than to see Europe with Jackie. Having convinced their ...
In 1951, eighteen-year-old Lee Bouvier and her twenty-two-year-old sister Jacqueline took their first trip to Europe together. Jackie had already spent a year in France living with a French family and attending the Sorbonne. Her many cards and letters had made her sister Lee want nothing more than to see Europe with Jackie. Having convinced their parents, the two young ladies set off to see the continent. As they traveled, they sketched and kept notes, creating an illustrated journal of their time abroad, which they presented to their parents as a thank you upon their return; that delightful chronicle is ONE SPECIAL SUMMER. Join Jackie and Lee for a tantalizing glimpse of a lost world: crossing the Atlantic by ocean liner, visits with counts and ambassadors in Paris, art lessons in Venice, and white gloves in the afternoon. Smile at the social agonies all young women suffer in common--how to politely consume an oversized hors d'oeuvre, the horror of slipping undergarments, and the art of fending off unwanted romantic advances.
New, still in shrinkwrap. No finer copy to be found of this edition. Blue papier mache covered boards inside a similarly constructed blue papier mache covered cardboard slipcase. Unpaginated, (appx. 63 pp) with over 100 illustrations, many in color, including 21 photographic reproductions. This book is a facsimile reproduction of the travel diary kept by (then) 21-year-old Jacqueline Bouvier and her 17-year-old sister Lee on their European tour in the summer of 1951. The stories and letters describe the sisters' encounters with the various cultures of Paris, Venice, Madrid, Nice, Lucerne, London, and Rome. The stories and writings are intimate and engaging. Filled with beautiful, often funny, sketches of incidents from their travels. These are all drawn by Jacqueline (who was an art student at the time). Snapshot pictures depict the sisters in the casual fashions of the time, while Jacqueline's drawings show the sisters in beautiful, more imaginary clothing. This copy still in shrinkwrap, with the price sticker and special label indicating it to be autographed still attached. One of only 500 copies signed and slipcased by both sisters.
Publishers Weekly, 2006-05-29 It took most of spring 1951 for Jacqueline Bouvier, age 22, and sister Lee, 18, to convince their mother to let them board the Queen Elizabeth for Europe. In her preface, Lee Bouvier Radziwill describes the scrapbook of the trip they made for their mother as "a period piece." In fact, it evokes any European grand tour undertaken by two pretty and smart young things-even those who don't have society connections or extended correspondences with famous art historians like Bernard Berenson. The two women gaily write out their adventures in longhand, embellished with artful and amusing illustrations and a snapshot here and there. A delicious sense of respectable naughtiness underlies the text. Next to a photo of Jacqueline being embraced too tightly by a distinguished gentleman, mischievous Lee writes: "they treat us just like their children and really seem interested in showing us their country." Next to a photo of Lee in shorts and Jacqueline in capris: "We never go out in big cities except in what we would wear to church in Newport on Sundays." Jacqueline's often elaborate and colorful illustrations show genuine talent and humor. Created in 1951, published originally in 1974, then unavailable for many years, the book is a fun rediscovery. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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