The illustrations are made a special feature of this volume. Many of the photographs from which they were produced were taken expressly for the authors, and others have never before been given to the public. The publication of Ramona excited great interest in California, and several of the old photographers in the southern part of the State soon afterward visited and photographed many of the scenes mentioned and described in the story. These old plates were long since laid aside, and it was with great effort that they were discovered. As an incident to this labor, one photographer handled approximately four thousand plates in assisting the authors to select photographs for illustrating the text.
Where it is not otherwise stated, each illustration shows its particular scene as it appeared at the time Ramona was written. The two beautiful pictures of Don Antonio and Mariana de Coronel together, in Spanish apparel, show this couple to be just as Mrs. Jackson knew and described them. The posing was done under the supervision of Miss Annie B. Picher, Pasadena, California, soon after the publication of Ramona, and the authors are indebted to her for the use of the plates.