By Anna Pavord
(Bloomsbury USA, Hardcover, 9781582340135, 388pp.)
Publication Date: January 1999
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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.
Anna Pavord is the gardening correspondent for the Independent, and the author of The Flowering Years and Gardening Companion. She lives in Dorset, England.
"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