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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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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!

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!

Absolutely beautiful photographs of Hopkins libraries, including the John Work Garrett Library, the Brody Learning Commons, and the MSE Library all taken by one of our undergraduate photography interns, John Belanger!

Fore-edge Fridays: Lady golfer edition!

You are looking at a beautifully-bound copy of The works of Alfred Lord Tennyson, poet laureate (1900) featuring a lovely, Gibson Girl-esque lady golfer, golfing in the style of Watteau!

The bookplate reads: “Ithamar / Her Book / On my Book / As a Friend I look / All entertaining / Never complaining.”

Wild America at the Peabody Library!  A sparrow, perhaps hearing about our stellar collection of 18th and 19th century natural history books, decided to hang out in the library.  And then decided to never leave, no doubt because we were feeding her apple slices and cookie crumbs. But catch her we did due to her love of reading, snatching her behind one of our copies of Twain’s The Notorious Jumping Frog and Other Stories.  Successfully captured, we released her into the wilds of Baltimore, where she quickly relieved herself atop the statue of George Peabody, and easily found her way to a very welcoming branch.


Our winner of the popular choice vote, Leslie Wiggins’ take on Silence of the Lambs!  We particularly love how the before and after shots both look like very tasty crime scenes.

Thanks for haunting our dreams, JHU Edible Book Festival!