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

Happy Spring!  Enjoy this brief tour of garden and flower books from the Peabody Library. This collection of illustrations was on display at the 2011 Flower Mart! All the beauty of the natural world with none of the allergies! Included in this set are illustrations by Robert John Thornton, Mademoiselle Marie Sybille de Merial, and two 18th century block prints of the Imperial Chinese garden at ge ho Euhl in Tartary.

Look for more information on this year’s Flower Mart coming soon!


What with the recent recovery of the stolen Codex Calixtinus and arrest of the people involved in the theft of such an unique and beautiful manuscript, we’ve had issues of crime and punishment on our mind.  And wouldn’t you know that the Peabody Library has oodles of material of the punitive kind!
Let’s say you’ve had the misfortune of committing a crime in ancient China. One of the punishments you might have to endure is the application of limes on your poor eyes! Now that’s got to sting…
Description from the Book:  A small quantity of unslacked lime is put into pieces of cotton cloth, and closely applied to the organs of sight.
 Title:  The punishments of China: illustrated by twenty-two engravings: with explanations in English and French.
 Call number:  343.2 M399 QUARTO
Location: George Peabody Library

What with the recent recovery of the stolen Codex Calixtinus and arrest of the people involved in the theft of such an unique and beautiful manuscript, we’ve had issues of crime and punishment on our mind.  And wouldn’t you know that the Peabody Library has oodles of material of the punitive kind!

Let’s say you’ve had the misfortune of committing a crime in ancient China. One of the punishments you might have to endure is the application of limes on your poor eyes! Now that’s got to sting…

Description from the Book: A small quantity of unslacked lime is put into pieces of cotton cloth, and closely applied to the organs of sight.

Title: The punishments of China: illustrated by twenty-two engravings: with explanations in English and French.

Call number: 343.2 M399 QUARTO

Location: George Peabody Library