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

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!

Check this out!  A collection of first edition science fiction books were anonymously returned to the library after something like a 30 year absence!  So many amazing dust jackets!

Sometimes if you believe in magic, Houdini will reward you!  Seriously, we had no idea at all that this copy of Houdini’s Paper Magic (which unfortunately looks at though it has a tragic case of the bloats) contains his signature!  We now feel all fancy and magical by association!

(Leonard Leopold Mackall, for whom Houdini’s greeting was originally intended, graduated from Hopkins in 1900 and became a prominent bibliographer and book collector!)

Photographs by our undergraduate photography intern Eric Chen showcasing student life at the Sheridan Libraries!