Jacqueline Kennedy Signed Limited Edition Book – “One Special Summer”


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First lady, wife of President John F. Kennedy.

Hardcover book “One Special Summer”, New York: Delacorte Press, 1974. 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. As new, we removed original shrinkwrap to inspect signatures.

The book is signed “Jacqueline Bouvier” and “Lee Bouvier” on special limitations page stating:  “One Special Summer / An autographed edition / limited to 500 copies”.

This book is a 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.  One of only 500 copies signed by both sisters.