New York: An Eleanor Friede Book/Delacorte Press, 1974. Book Club Edition. Large quarto, publisher's aquamarine textured paper-covered boards, spine and upper board stamped in metallic blue, original photo-illustrated dust jacket.
Exuberant travelogue of a trip to Europe made in the early 1950s by the Bouvier sisters, when Jacqueline was a 22 year-old Vassar student spending a year at the Sorbonne and Lee was 17, presented as a facsimile of the original handwritten and illustrated journal they compiled and gave to their mother as a gift of thanks. "We did this book in a state of joy and laughter, which was our mood throughout the trip. We split the fun: Jackie did the drawings, the poetry and the parts on Rome and Spain. I described most of our adventures – on the Queen Elizabeth, in London, Paris, Venice, Rome and Florence" (from the introduction by Lee Bouvier Radziwill). Illustrated throughout with color and black-and-white drawings, reproductions, and photos of places and people visited, including art historian Bernard Berenson, sculptor Pericle Fazzini, and a pair of Hohenlohe princes. Published simultaneously in a signed limited edition of 500 copies and a trade edition (as here). Stated first printing on copyright page, but probable book club edition in unclipped dust jacket lacking statement of price. Early gift inscription in marker to front free endpaper. Moderate chipping to spine-ends and edges of dust jacket, with some toning to extremities. Very good. Item #221