An interesting social and cultural history of the tulip, a wild flower of the Asian steppes, that became the most sought after and valuable garden commodity in seventeenth century Europe, especially Holland. During the so called period of tulipomania a single rare sport bulb could change hands for a small fortune. Superbly illustrated from a wide range of sources, the book also features descriptions of eighty species of wild tulips and several hundred garden varieties. A beautiful book printed on heavy cream paper. A large heavy book.
Bloomsbury Publishing, London, 1999.
Hardback with dust jacket. 439 pages.
SECONDHAND. Good condition, sunned to spine.