The Tulip: The Story Of A Flower That Has Made Men Mad

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The Tulip: The Story Of A Flower That Has Made Men Mad

by Anna Pavord

January 1, 1999 | Hardcover

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The New York Times bestseller and international publishing sensation. Greed, desire, anguish, and devotion have all played their part in the development of the tulip from a wild flower of the Asian steppes to the worldwide phenomenon it is today. No other flower has ever carried so much cultural baggage: it charts political upheavals, illuminates social behavior, mirrors economic booms and busts, and plots the ebb and flow of religious persecution. Sumptuously illustrated from a wide range of sources, this beautifully produced and irresistible volume has become a bible, a unique source book, a universal gift book, and a joy to all who possess it. Now available in paperback, it`s as irresistible as its subject.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 448 pages, 9.98 × 7.78 × 1.91 in

Published: January 1, 1999

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1582340137

ISBN - 13: 9781582340135

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The Tulip: The Story Of A Flower That Has Made Men Mad

by Anna Pavord

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 448 pages, 9.98 × 7.78 × 1.91 in

Published: January 1, 1999

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1582340137

ISBN - 13: 9781582340135

From the Publisher

The New York Times bestseller and international publishing sensation. Greed, desire, anguish, and devotion have all played their part in the development of the tulip from a wild flower of the Asian steppes to the worldwide phenomenon it is today. No other flower has ever carried so much cultural baggage: it charts political upheavals, illuminates social behavior, mirrors economic booms and busts, and plots the ebb and flow of religious persecution. Sumptuously illustrated from a wide range of sources, this beautifully produced and irresistible volume has become a bible, a unique source book, a universal gift book, and a joy to all who possess it. Now available in paperback, it`s as irresistible as its subject.

From Our Editors

This is not a gardening book, at least in the traditional sense. It is the romantic history of the tulip; a paean to its charms that have seduced man since it was a mere wild flower of the Asian steppes. Today, the U.S. imports a countless number of tulip bulbs each year and it has become an obsession for millions, a horticultural phenomenon. Anna Pavord explores this flower`s evolution, it`s political history, it`s illumination of social behaviour, and its mirroring of economic booms and busts. With descriptions of more than 80 wild-species and even more garden varieties, The Tulip: The Story of a Flower That Has Made Men Mad is a fascinating history of a fascinating flower.

 

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"Splendidly extravagant history...an astonishing bouquet of economic and cultural lore, grand historic trends and horticultural exotica." --"Publishers Weekly"
"Visually stunning" --"New Yorker"
"Fascinating and sumptuous...an epic drama, a true tale that spans continents and centuries, shows humankind at its worst and its best, with heroes and villains galore." --"Seattle Post-Intelligencer"
"A wondrous account... remarkable." --"Seattle Weekly"
"Verbally and visually ravishing book." --"House & Garden"
""The Tulip" reads more like an adventure story, written against a backdrop of a 16th-and 17th-century Europe..."--"Desert Sun"
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