by Celia Fisher
In Tulip, Celia Fisher traces the story of this important and highly popular plant. From its wild mountain beginnings across Asia, it was cultivated in Mughal, Persian and Ottoman gardens, and then migrated west along the silk trading routes.
Oriental hybrids reached European gardens in the sixteenth century. In The Netherlands, their unique, intensely saturated colours, combined with their rarity, led to them rapidly becoming a coveted, luxury item. Frenzied aristocratic collectors caused the first economic bubble, peaking in 1637, and known as ‘tulipomania’.
This fully illustrated book explores the art and literature that tulips have inspired through history. Fisher also describes the tulip’s botanical characteristics, and the main, and most intriguing, species (which are still being counted; well over a hundred have been named).
Tulip is a stunningly illustrated botanical and cultural history of this much-loved bloom.
Author Celia Fisher has lectured and written widely on the history of plants and gardens in art.
Dimensions: H:21.6cm, W:13.8cm, D:2cm
Extent: 224 pages
Publication date: 1 April 2017
ISBN-10: 1780237596; ISBN-13: 978-1780237596
Illustrations: 107, 104 in colour