[Puerto Rico]: [circa 1929]. 8vo. Slim college-ruled notebook with sewn binding and heavily chipped and torn black textured covers. Spine entirely chipped away; covers tattered but firmly attached to sound text blook. Hand-written text in pen and pencil, with approximately a quarter of the leaves left blank. Page-toning; soil to endpapers. Good. Item #23773
Diary-notebook of a young girl living in Puerto Rico in the 1920s, collaboratively written and illustrated by her father and herself. Early pages record short vignettes, enlivened with ink sketches and written in neat block capital letters: "The hills were high around Manati. And the houses were in a straight line. We stopped to get me spme camphor. And then walked to Ciales." Another day: "Today Daddy went to see a German school-ship...We went up stairs on its side. We could see Catano and the Bayamon hills over beyond a big steamboat. The officers were very nice to us and showed us the ship."
These entries give way to cursive installments by Mary Katherine herself: "Father smoked all his cigars today. Today is Wednesday. Tomorrow is Thursday. I hate school. My teacher sneezes all the time. She has only one tooth left. Raul is eating up my apples. Father is still reading detective stories. Mother is making another pig. --Xmas 1929."
The final entry begins, "Today I am 13...Daddy doesn't want to draw any more pictures or write any more little things in it. He says he can't finish it in the same vein he began, because I'm so big. But I think that maybe he will. Don't you?"