TulipBook - 1999
Explores the growing popularity of the tulip, from its beginnings as a wildflower in Asia to its international sales of several billion bulbs each year
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.
Featuring scores of illustrations and descriptions of hundreds of wild and garden varieties, an artfully crafted gift book reveals the long and colorful cultural history behind the tulip and the passions it has aroused for centuries.