Oakland, California: April 1938. With thirty-two watercolor-and-ink illustrations (sixteen mounted and sixteen done directly on pages). Manuscript text in blue ink. Rubbing to edges of boards and some foxing. Blue cloth spine. Blue marbled endpapers. A very good, unique item. Original paper-covered boards decorated in watercolor. Quarto.  pp. Item #17065
In the author’s note, Oakland High School student Lorraine Jones explains that the present work “is an illustrated tale of a young Mexican boy who visits his aunt in the big city and discovers a new world.” The short story follows Manuelo on his trip across land and sea from Mexico to San Francisco, where he goes roller skating, visits the zoo, sightsees at the Golden Gate Bridge, and walks in the park with his aunt. The charming illustrations show Manuelo’s adventures as well as the desert landscape, cacti, Mexican pottery, and other images of the journey.
The title-page identifies Lorraine Jones as a student in the high-eighth grade. She went on to graduate from San Jose State University and find employment as an educator. Jones worked as a physical education teacher at Brewer Junior High in Oakland, a Recreation Director at Washington Park in Alameda, and a Health Education Director at the Oakland YWCA. She was involved with Alpha Delta Kappa, PEO International, the Ebell Society, the Montclair Women’s Club, the Daughters of the American West, and the Daughters of the American Revolution. Jones was also a third-generation Californian whose ancestors had founded the city of Santa Maria, California.