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Publication Date: 1999
From Kirkus Reviews -- "A disarming, captivating history of the tulipa byzantine story rich in subtexts, from Pavord, gardening correspondent for the Independent in England. ... Pavord charts (and illustrates with 150 color plates) its rise to fame in France, England, Belgium, and the Netherlands; she traces the flower's appearance in paintings, literature, and botanical tracts; discusses how it commanded absurd prices and became an object of satire; details the tulips abrupt fall from grace, only to be rescued from the aristocratic scrap heap by hobby florists.".