Vulpes Libris

A collective of bibliophiles talking about books. Book Fox (vulpes libris): small bibliovorous mammal of overactive imagination and uncommonly large bookshop expenses. Habitat: anywhere the rustle of pages can be heard.

Coming Up This Week on Vulpes Libris

fox venitusThis week on Vulpes Libris we indulge in little pleasures to help us through the shuddering cold of March. (Old English folk rhyme: ‘When March winds doth blow. Then we shall have snow. And what will the robin do then, poor thing?’ Brrrr.) Let us warm our spirits by considering Italy in September instead, and the opportunity of helping crowdfund a literary festival in the town where Lucrezia Borgia was born. Next up, some admiration of a collection of wonders, celebrating the obscure and the extraordinary. And finally, a consideration of Leap Year, in which the Anglophone tradition kindly allows women permission to propose marriage to men. I’d like to know when it was decided that only men could do such a thing.

Monday 7 March: Guest post from Maria Grazia Spila on Il Fieramente il libro, the Italian literary festival in need of a little nudge

Wednesday 9 March: Our regular guest poster Colin Fisher walks around some essays about whimsy and eclecticism

Friday 11 March: This year’s Leap Year Day has made Hilary wonder how many fictional female characters have proposed marriage.

The inquisitive fox was created by the Finnish artist Venitus using Illustrator while bored in school (so they say). Find it in Deviant Art.

About Kate

Blogger, lecturer, podcaster, writer, critic, reviewer, researcher, and publisher (, in and on British literary history. Preferred occupation while listening to podcasts: cooking or knitting. Preferred soundtrack while reading: the sound of silence.

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  • (The header image is from Aesop's Fables, illustrated by Francis Barlow (1666), and appears courtesy of the Digital and Multimedia Center at the Michigan State University Libraries.)
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