The Tulip by Anna Pavord

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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.

About Anna Pavord

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Anna Pavord is the gardening correspondent for the Independent, and the author of The Flowering Years and Gardening Companion. She lives in Dorset, England.
Published January 15, 1999 by Bloomsbury USA. 388 pages
Genres: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Business & Economics, History. Non-fiction

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A disarming, captivating history of the tulip—a byzantine story rich in subtexts, from Pavord, gardening correspondent for the Independent in England (The Flowering Year, not reviewed, etc.).

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In her introduction, Pavord, author of the bestselling Tulip, takes readers from the remote birthplace of tulips to the center of the ultracompetitive Dutch flower exchange.

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About much more than a lovely flower, this book will give readers a panoramic eyeful of culture, aesthetics, politics and economics--in short, the spectrum of human endeavor as revealed in the passage of the tulip through history.

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London Review of Books

‘There must be one or two people in the world that choose not to like tulips,’ she remarks disdainfully, ‘but such an aberration is barely credible.’ Why people avoid some plants and revere others is the subject of Frederick Simoons’s meticulous study of the ancient religious roots from which com...

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Before the war, plant breeding and art were so closely allied that some writers, artists and plant breeders claimed garden varieties of plants as works of fine art.

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