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

We come across some pretty bizarre things at the George Peabody Library, and this book is pretty high up on the list!These prints are from a rather odd book called Les Animaux Savants (1816).  Published by the esteemed Didot family, this work of fiction details all the clever animals one middle-class French family encounters, from elephants that can open bottles of wine to horses that ascend the heavens in hot air balloons!  It appears that the exploits of the animals are used as political or social commentary. These select images are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to crazy animal antics in this book! Check out more on our flickr, or come by the George Peabody Library and look at them yourself!

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