The Tulip

The Tulip

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"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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 127 x 195.6 x 20.3mm | 272.16g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • illustrations (chiefly colour)
  • 0747546215
  • 9780747546214
  • 535,332

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Well-spun and densely detailed . A chronicle rather than a gardening book New York Times
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"Splendidly extravagant astonishing bouquet of economic and cultural lore, grand historic trends and horticultural exotica." --"Publishers Weekly"
"Visually stunning" --"New Yorker"
"Fascinating and 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"
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About Anna Pavord

Anna Pavord is the gardening correspondent for THE INDEPENDENT and the author of widely praised gardening books including PLANT PARTNERS and THE BORDER BOOK. She wrote for the OBSERVER for twenty years, has contributed to COUNTRY LIFE, ELLE DECORATION and COUNTRY LIVING, and is an associate editor of GARDENS ILLUSTRATED. For the last thirty years she has lived in Dorset, England where she is currently making a new garden. Constantly experimenting with new combinations of flowers and foliage, she finds it a tremendous source of inspiration.
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262 ratings
3.4 out of 5 stars
5 21% (54)
4 30% (78)
3 28% (73)
2 13% (35)
1 8% (22)
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