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 Book of Barely Imagined Beings: a 21st Century Bestiary, by Caspar Henderson

A Bestiary is a beautiful and magical object. Very few medieval examples survive, and some of those that do, such as the Aberdeen Bestiary, have been plundered for their exquisite … Continue reading

April 19, 2013 · 5 Comments

The Fossil Hunter by Shelley Emling

At a recent local book discussion about Hamlet, some members expressed astonishment that Shakespeare could’ve written so well about so many things considering he’d never attended university. I took umbrage, … Continue reading

September 19, 2011 · 11 Comments

Darwin and the Barnacle by Rebecca Stott

Lowes Harbour, Chonos Archipelago, off the coast of southern Chile, January 1835: The Beagle is moored in the harbour and twenty-six year old Charles Darwin is walking on a sandy … Continue reading

November 15, 2008 · 19 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.)