During the Dutch golden age in 1636, no traveller passing through the country could have failed to notice the frenzied and hysterical market in rare tulip bulbs. The bewitching flower was newly introduced from Turkey and horticulturalists were entranced. In a short period of rampant speculation, bulb trading fortunes were made and lost, before the market quickly collapsed. This book is a compelling financial and horticultural history of the extraordinary, and brief, Dutch tulip obsession. Illustrations.
Victor Gollancz, London, 1999.
Hardback with dust jacket. 298 pages.
SECONDHAND. Fine condition.