Welcome to George Peabody Library's Wunderkammer!

From dandies in danger to the lusty dramas of educated fleas, the George Peabody Library proves that the past was indeed STRANGE! Visit us in Baltimore (don't worry, in addition to the strange things depicted here, we also have plenty of old and rare and classy books, too).

Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 9am -5pm; Friday 9-3

Address: 17 East Mount Vernon Place Baltimore, MD 21202

Phone: 410-234-4943

Libguide: http://bit.ly/g1UsTk

Email: hherr1@jhu.edu

Oh no!  The staple remover is trying to get mini-Rousseau to flee the library!

A 1792 miniature edition Of The Social Contract, Or Principles of Political Right (Du contrat social ou Principes du droit politique).

The Baltimore Book Festival starts today and runs through Sunday, September 28! Alas, due to renovation work on the Washington Monument, the Book Festival will be held at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The Johns Hopkins University Press and the George Peabody Library will be a hosting a variety of events, including the ever-popular JHUP book sale, in the Visitor Center.  Browse our schedule!

(Photos taken at last year’s Book Festival by our wonderful photography intern Eric Chen!)

This just in!!! Undergraduate Halloween Costume Ball at the Peabody Library!!!! More details soon, but definitely come dressed as your favorite author or literary character!

Welcome to Special Collections!  Your personal Velociraptor will be with you shortly.
(AKA: Student library assistants being goofy.)

Welcome to Special Collections!  Your personal Velociraptor will be with you shortly.

(AKA: Student library assistants being goofy.)

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Study at our place and look all fancy! And while you are at it, try to figure out how those wacky card catalogs work!

Somehow we think Tina Belcher would approve of this cover. The subtitle is a thing of beauty: “How to Bathe, When to Bathe, When not to Bathe, etc.”
An awesome, not yet cataloged new acquisition!

Somehow we think Tina Belcher would approve of this cover. The subtitle is a thing of beauty: “How to Bathe, When to Bathe, When not to Bathe, etc.”

An awesome, not yet cataloged new acquisition!

Don’t you hate it when this happens?


Death being a complete killjoy from Freund Heins Erscheinungen in Holbeins Manier  (1785).

Don’t you hate it when this happens?

Death being a complete killjoy from Freund Heins Erscheinungen in Holbeins Manier  (1785).

The Five Little Pigs, more commonly known as This Little Piggy illustrated in all its disturbing glory: gin-addled pigs, on death row, clogging their arteries with roast beef, full of pretensions with their “wee-wees,” and forcing the latest in haberdashery and banjo music on their unsuspecting audiences.

The Smart Set was an important literary journal featuring short works by F. Scott Fitzgerald and James Joyce, amongst other 20th century literary luminaries.  And, the covers are pretty awesome, to boot! Sassy flappers whose hair embodies flaming youth, the well-heeled admiring abstract art, and the sullen masses sunk by the weight of life, literature, and wit!  We have issues of all The Smart Sets edited by H.L. Mencken, sage of Baltimore, at the Peabody Library!