Pauline de Rothschild, The Irrational Journey
Rothschild, Pauline de. The Irrational Journey. First English Edition. 1967. Book and dust jacket are both in very good condition (quite uncommon for this title in which the jacket does not usually wear well). There is slight paper loss to the corners of the jacket.
How fortunate Pauline de Rothschild thought to make a travel diary of the three-month expedition she and her husband took through Soviet Russia during the Khrushchev era. The book’s title derives from the time of year in which the Rothschilds traveled—the dead of winter, uncomfortable in many locales, but in Russia, dramatically so. Thirty years after her death, Rothschild’s influence on style and design continues to reverberate. This, her only literary effort, offers a glimpse beyond her public image, revealing a literate and sensitive inner self (maybe even Proustian).
“Every traveler feels larger than life. In some countries this makes the visitor seem in the way. Not here, not in Russia.”
--Pauline de Rothschild