There is no doubt that we have some very unusual and unique items in our 150,000 item collection. Some are on display in our Rare Book Room, but others like this little book are tucked away safely on shelves waiting to be found. This particular item was found on a completely unrelated search last week.
We had a question regarding whether or not a particular anchor could have come from a “Mosquito Boat” from the World War II era. After exhausting our anchor resources, including line drawings of anchors we decided to try searching for mosquito boats in our catalog. The record for this particular book showed up, and we were intrigued by the fact that the author was listed as Dr. Suess. Curious as to why we had a book by Dr. Suess in our collection we went up to Special Collections to find the undersized book. Sure enough here was a small book obviously illustrated by Dr. Suess and published by the Government Printing Office in 1944.
This diminutive book chronicles the life and times of Ann, the Anopheles Mosquito and warns against the spread of Malaria. We’ve had the book digitized and it will join our collection in the Online Reading Room in the next couple of weeks. For now here is a preview of a few of the illustrations.