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The Tulip Hardcover – 14 Jan 1999

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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; First Edition edition (14 Jan. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747542961
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747542964
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 5 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In an auction held in Holland in February 1637, 99 lots of tulip bulbs fetched a staggering 90,000 guilders, more than £6 million in today's money. Tulipomania had reached its height, and its story is told in just one of the fascinating sections of Anne Pavord's wonderful book on this most seductive of flowers, The Tulip.

Pavord's passion for the flower is evident from the opening pages of the book, as she scrambles across the hillsides of Crete in search of an obscure, indigenous purple tulip, whose discovery leads into Pavord's extraordinary history of this beautiful yet enigmatic flower. As with all the best love stories, Pavord's is told from the perspective of the tulip, from its adoption by the Ottoman sultans of Istanbul, including the downfall of Ahmed III in 1730, so indulgent was his desire for the flower, to the present cultivation of the flower by the Wakefield Tulip Society.

Along the way incredible stories of people's investment in the flower emerge, the result, as Pavord explains, of the unique feature of the tulip. Its variegated colours are produced by a small parasitic aphid, which weakens the plant, but produces its gorgeous colours. The Tulipomania which gripped 17th-century Europe was a form of futures trading, as people purchased tulip bulbs at increasingly inflated prices with the hope that they would flower into the most beautiful and kaleidoscopic colours imaginable. The Tulip is an extraordinary book, beautifully illustrated and offering a fascinating story of our obsession with the most ephemeral of objects; buying tulip bulbs will never be the same again! --Jerry Brotton

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"Splendidly extravagant history...an astonishing bouquet of economic and cultural lore, grand historic trends and horticultural exotica." --"Publishers Weekly" "Visually stunning" --"New Yorker" "Fascinating and sumptuous...an 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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Format: Paperback
I can't quite believe the other reviews. This book is a joy to handle and to read. Its so clearly a work of passion on a subject we would never know about if it wasn't for the enthusiasm and rigour of its author. Its not meant to have mass market appeal (maybe the glowing reviews didn't help it here) - but for the amateur gardener with an interest in history its a book to treasure
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Format: Hardcover
As both a keen gardener and an historian, I found this both a fascinating and an infuriating book. There is no doubt that Anna Pavord is an authority on the botany and the history of the tulip, and she has done a magnificent job in researching the whole story of the flower, bringing in information from a wide variety of sources.
But when Pavord strays outside the realms of horticultural history she displays an alarming lack of knowledge. It is, for example, woefully simplistic to state that Sultan Ahmed III forfeited his throne through his love of tulips; many political factors were far more important. Pavord misdates the vital first encounter with the flower by Ambassador Busbecq (which we're led to believ was one of the most important incidents in the whole history of the tulip) by four years. And she makes only the most cursory attempt to sketch in the historical background, whether it be in the Ottoman Empire, the United Provinces or England. In summary, this is a fine book for garden lovers, but one serious historians will find jejeune.
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By A Customer on 30 Jun. 2000
Format: Paperback
...to readsome of the early reviews you'd have thought the author had writtenthe Bible, not this leadenly-paced and excessively-detailed tombstone, which nine times out of ten fails to do true justice to the most wonderful of flowers. Pavord needs to realise that the first rule of writing this sort of history is to tell a story - not to regurgitate everything you've ever learned about the subject. It is this lack of discrimination that turns what should have been a fascinating book into a trudge. The story only really comes alive with its discussion of the famous Dutch tulip mania, and even here the author fails to ask and answer the most obvious of questions - why did the mania develop as it did? Yes, there is plenty of interesting information here and yes, Anna Pavord has made it accessible to everyone by writing this book, but what a joy it could and should have been to read. And where the sumptuous - if over-priced - hardcover does offer a dazzling array of contemporary illustrations, the paperback loses out because it comes with only a few skimpy photo sections.
I'm sorry to sound so jaundiced. If I'd discovered this book for myself I'd probably have found it mildly interesting and written at least a lukewarm review. But the hype that has surrounded The Tulip from the moment of publication baffles and irritates me.
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Format: Hardcover
One of the most beautiful books I have ever handled. Gorgeous illustrations, carefully - even lovingly - chosen. But the accompanying text was repetitive, self-indulgent and dull, dull, dull. Deserves to be a coffee table book.
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Format: Paperback
I am a keen gardener and the gardening books that stack my shelves go all the way back to the original Mr. Middleton. This book was a bit of a bore and while I only paid $5 for the paperback and got it to read over dinner, it turned out to be too tedious to finish. The plates don't add much, and while they may be good in the hardback, I don't think I will bother looking for it just for the pictures.

I am sorry as I would want to support any gardener and friend of Christo, but this book is acceptable if you get it as a gift, otherwise there must be many more books better on tulips, better on history of horticulture, and better on the madness of crowds.
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By A Customer on 26 April 1999
Format: Hardcover
After all the hype I was really disappointed with this book. Pavord is obsessed with the tulip - not necessarily a bad thing, you might think, but it is when it means there is no focus whatsoever on the human side of the tulip's story. You'd have to be a gardening fanatic to get much out of this book. If you're interested in history and people, one of the other titles on the subject is likely to be a better bet.
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Is this meant to be an academic monograph on the genus Tulip, or a popular book for tulip-lovers? The author clearly has a passion and this is no doubt a book in which she has indulged her enthusiasm. It is presented as a book for the general gardener, and indeed it lacks the botanical frills a monograph would require. Unfortunately, a self-indulgent attitude to editing has left us with a book which it is a labour, rather than a treat, to read.

The introduction is excellent. But from there on the text just expands. The story of the origins of the tulip in the Near East, its arrival in Europe, its mad role in the speculative 'tulip fever' of seventeenth century Holland, and the subsequent developments of nurserymen, the rise of florist's societies and the technical details of modern breeding in the tulip industry, with its enhanced knowledge of genetics, are all fascinating - but told at too much length, with too much detail and in a style which, after a while, exhausts the reader.

Symptomatic of what is wrong with the author's understanding of her audience, is the fact that long extracts are in French. Without translation. Surely the days are long, long gone when an author can assume that her audience are all cheerfully Francophone??? I was forced to learn French at school, but even for my generation it wasn't universal, and even if I'd been good at it (which I wasn't), I'd still struggle with sixteenth and seventeenth century horticultural French involving technical terms which don't appear in my modest dictionary. The odd Latin tag, and the failure to translate the Latin titles of early books, smack of the same misplaced intellectual snobbery. When academic books on obscure French philosphers translate their quotes, there is no excuse for Pavord.
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