Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach lands on the |> SALE <| shelves in my shop.
Heinemann, 1999, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Colour Plates;
From the cover: Amsterdam in the 1630s: considered by its inhabitants to be the wealthiest city in the world. For do they not possess the richness of art, literature, music and the refinement of society, in addition to commercial wealth?
The painters of the time are busy: the citys inhabitants intend to guarantee their immortality with gold. Sitting for such a portrait is Sophia Sandvoort, beside her elderly husband Cornelis. They are surrounded by objects showing her husbands piety, yet he has not been able to resist including a tulip, its petals full and on the point of dropping. For Cornelis, like many of his fellow Dutchmen, has made money from the speculation on this exotic flower and its bulbs.
As the painter, Jan van Loos, starts to capture Sophias likeness on his canvas so a slow passion begins to burn. And as the execution of the painting unfolds, so a slow dance is begun between the households inhabitants. Ambitions, desires and dreams breed a grand deception, and as the lies multiply, events move towards a thrilling and tragic climax.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Leans. Pages lightly age-tanned.
Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 259 pages. 8¾” x 5½”.
This book will be eventually reach my delightful website…(added to my Fiction Historical category.) but get 60% off buying from this very blog blog… Buy it now for just £2.60 + P&P! Of course, if you don’t like this one there are plenty more available here!