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The tulip

Author: Anna Pavord
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Tulip is not a gardening book. It is the story of a flower that has made men mad. Greed, desire, anguish, devotion have all played their part in the development of the tulip from a wild flower of the Asian steppes to the world-wide phenomenon it is today. The US alone imports three thousand million tulip bulbs each year, Germany and France even more." "Why did the tulip dominate so many lives through so many  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Bestimmungsbuch
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anna Pavord
ISBN: 0747542961 9780747542964
OCLC Number: 60156297
Awards: Winner of Good Book Guide Awards: History 2000
Description: 439 pages : illustrations (some color), facsimiles (some color), portraits ; 25 cm
Contents: A flower of the East --
The tulip in northern Europe --
Early British growers --
The Dutch & tulipomania --
Dutch dominance --
The English florists' tulip --
The last hundred years --
The species --
Tulip cultivars --
Chronology.
Responsibility: Anna Pavord.

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A story of a flower that has made men mad. This book tells how the tulip arrived from Turkey and took the whole of Western Europe by storm. Illustrated from a range of sources, it also features  Read more...

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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" Read more...

 
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