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.

The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff

No matter how many times I read this book, it’s always a delightful experience. At it’s core, it’s an explanation of a school of philosophy, Taoism. But the way the … Continue reading

June 5, 2017 · 2 Comments

Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery – a Vulpes Libris Random.

If you are in range of London between now and next February, I encourage, indeed urge you to visit the V&A and see the current exhibition Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of … Continue reading

October 24, 2016 · 7 Comments

Coming Up on Vulpes Libris

Today’s fox ought to be the elusive Thought Fox, as you will see, and here s/he is – a midnight fox, if not leaving footprints in the snow. It’s a … Continue reading

April 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Stumps of Flattop Hill by Kenneth Kit Lamug

When my kids were small I used to read to them a lot, usually in an effort (doomed) to get the little blighters to go to sleep. I’d let them … Continue reading

February 1, 2016 · 2 Comments

Hiro Kamigaki and Chihiro Maruyama: Pierre the Maze Detective

Guest reviewer Lucy reviews a wondrous Japanese children’s book of art and play. Pierre the Maze Detective: The Search for the Stolen Maze Stone is a shining example of how to … Continue reading

October 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Lost Property – A Random And Two Reviews.

The starting point for this rumination on estate agents and their contribution to the arts is a Vulpes Libris Random, inspired by fellow-Bookfox Rosy pointing me in the direction of … Continue reading

October 16, 2013 · 2 Comments

Glorious artwork nostalgia

Have you ever kept a book not because you liked the story, or were interested in the subject, but because the cover art and the illustrations were so beautiful you … Continue reading

September 26, 2013 · 3 Comments

The survival of royalty

I do like reading about royalty. I’m not a great fan of monarchy as an institution, but I’m not a British republican either: I’m a historian. Keeping track of the … Continue reading

March 13, 2013 · 4 Comments

Pages of sumptuous privilege

This gazetteer of the most august of London’s gentleman’s clubs is simply beautiful. I had to read it on my netbook since the publisher had run out of review copies, … Continue reading

March 8, 2013 · 4 Comments

The World of Downton Abbey by Jessica Fellowes

When I saw a commercial for Downton Abbey, I thought it looked interesting, though I had the name wrong, seeing it as Downtown Abbey, which seemed like it might be … Continue reading

January 7, 2013 · 7 Comments

Haunted House by Jan Pienkowski

Jan Pienkowski has twice been the winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal.  The first time was in 1971 for his classic collaboration with Joan Aiken – The Kingdom Under the … Continue reading

October 31, 2012 · 9 Comments

Is quaintness enough?

I requested Topsy Turvy Tales by Charlotte Boulay-Goldsmith and Laura Hyde when it was offered to the Book Foxes for review because I like  illustrated poetry, and I was rather … Continue reading

July 25, 2012 · 3 Comments



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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.)