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a tulip bulb - or a house
on 29 July 2014
Everything you ever wanted to know about tulips is here - where they came from, why there was a mania for them in Holland in the 17th century, and later in the Ottoman court, and how the bursting of the bubble in tulip prices was handled by the Dutch authourities.
17th century tulips, which are beautifully illustrated in these pages, were much more beautiful than those we see today. Their beauty came from flame like streaks of colour - caused by a disease which has now been eradicated. At the peak a single bulb could sell for more than the cost of 2 grand Amsterdam houses - but within weeks of the peak they had almost no value at all.
The madness of speculatory booms is clear from this account. However I found some of it a little dry - perhaps because i found this account to be a little over long in the telling