April Book of the Month

Yoppy: the Autobiography of a Monkey by Mollie Lee Clifford.  Illustrated Animal Autobiographical Series.  Boston, New York : H. M. Caldwell Co. [1905].  Rare Book Collections, PS3505. L5 Y6.

This book is a typical example of Children’s Literature from the turn of the 20th century.  It was recently found in the open stacks in the Glenn G. Bartle Library.   Despite being in the circulating collection for over 60 years, the book is still in very good though slightly worn condition.  The embossed red cloth cover is decorated with a colorful paper illustration of Yoppy, the monkey.  The paper illustration or onlay is inside an ornamental gilt box.  The title is in gilt on the front cover and spine.  The book’s top edges are gilt. The endpapers are decorated with images of different types of animals from the series.

Yoppy: the Autobiography of a Monkey can be viewed in the Special Collections department in the Glenn G. Bartle Library, Monday – Friday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm or by appointment.