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

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Email: hherr1@jhu.edu

October at the Wunderkammer can mean only one thing — Victorian spirits are about to descend upon the library, yakking it up on the dreaded sixth floor (yes, it is indeed dreaded, for there was once a rumored sighting of feet running rampant amongst the stats — possibly running away from the floating eye balls another individual claimed to see before popping out his monocle in shock and horror).  Fortunately, a lovely old book called Spectropia is preparing us for our unearthly assignation!

Did you know? 19th century sailor slang was actually an ancient, variant form of English.

Did you know? 19th century sailor slang was actually an ancient, variant form of English.

This gives new meaning to the phrase “tying the knot.”

This gives new meaning to the phrase “tying the knot.”

This image shows a book that is a part of the Dorothy McIlvain Scott Collection, which is composed of lovely exemplars of fine binding and fore-edge painting. This particular book has a painted fore-edge showing Pooh & his friends! Aren’t they so cute?Milne, A. A. The House at Pooh Corner. London, 1928.Call No.: 823 .912 M6351 1928Location: The George Peabody Library

This image shows a book that is a part of the Dorothy McIlvain Scott Collection, which is composed of lovely exemplars of fine binding and fore-edge painting. This particular book has a painted fore-edge showing Pooh & his friends! Aren’t they so cute?

Milne, A. A. The House at Pooh Corner. London, 1928.
Call No.: 823 .912 M6351 1928
Location: The George Peabody Library

Znees: it’s the bees’ knees.
Call No.: 427 G877DLocation: George Peabody Library

Znees: it’s the bees’ knees.

Call No.: 427 G877D
Location: George Peabody Library

Part of what makes The Grose Dictionary of English Slang so great is its portrayal of everyday, vulgar life as it was at the time. This entry is a wonderful example of that.
Call No.: 427 G877DLocation: George Peabody Library

Part of what makes The Grose Dictionary of English Slang so great is its portrayal of everyday, vulgar life as it was at the time. This entry is a wonderful example of that.

Call No.: 427 G877D
Location: George Peabody Library

Happy Birthday, Shakespeare!  Let us honor you with a book title that both quotes a line from As You Like It and causes us library folk to giggle whenever we see it!  For those of you whose minds are not as silly as ours, the  book is actually about Italian paleography!
Call No.: 652 .B659SLocation: The George Peabody Library

Happy Birthday, Shakespeare!  Let us honor you with a book title that both quotes a line from As You Like It and causes us library folk to giggle whenever we see it!  For those of you whose minds are not as silly as ours, the  book is actually about Italian paleography!

Call No.: 652 .B659S
Location: The George Peabody Library