London: Bloomsbury, 1999, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Includes: Chronological tables (1); Colour plates; Black & white drawings; Illustrated endpapers and blanks; Title page vignette;
From the cover: 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 centuries in so many countries? The author, a self-confessed tulipomaniac, has spent six years looking for answers. 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 persec…
Very Good in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper lightly sunned at the spine, a decent copy otherwise.
Green boards with Black titling to the Spine. 439 pages. Index. Bibliography. 10″ x 7¾”.
Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I draw your attention to more books in my Gardening catalogue?