THE TULIP is not a gardening book. It is the story of a flower that has
made men mad. Greed, desire, anguish and devotion have all played their
part in the development of the tulip into the world-wide phenomenon it is
today. No other flower has ever carried so much cultural baggage; it charts
political upheavals, illuminates social behaviour, mirrors economic booms
and busts, plots the ebb and flow of religious persecution. Pavord tells
how the tulip arrived from Turkey and took the whole of Western Europe by
storm. Sumptuously illustrated from a wide range of sources, this
beautifully produced and irresistible volume will become a bible, a unique
source book, a universal gift book and a joy to all who possess it.

Anna Pavord—The Tulip

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