Titel: Nieuwe leerwijze der Engelsche taal
Deel: Tweede cursus
Auteur: Gerdes, E.
Uitgave: Amsterdam: P.N. van Kampen, 1856
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The Tulipomania.
Among the native productions of the east, introduced
into Europe by means of its relations vrith India, was a
flower which the Turks call tulibant, and which received
in Europe the appellation of tulip. It appears to have been
well known in this part of the world so early as the mid-
dle of the sixteenth century. These flowers, you know,
though of every variety of colour, are not the greatest
ornaments of our gardens, being surpassed by many others
in beauty and fragance. Nevertheless the tulip, about a
century after its transplantation into Europe, acquired a
consideration which no other flower ever obtained; so
that it was valued far above even the most precious me-
tals. The lovers of flowers seemed to be .seized with a*
sort of madness, which has been aptly denominated tuli-
pomania. I shall endeavour to give you a clear and simple
explanation of the folly which this word denotes, and of
which there are but few parallels.
It was from 1634 to 1637 that the tulipomania raged
in Holland, particularly at Harlem, Amsterdam, Utrecht,
Alkmar , Leyden, Rotterdam , Horn, Enkhuyscn , and
other places. In those years tulips rose to enormous pri-
ces, and enriched many speculators. The florists held in
particular estimation certain species, to which they gave
particular names, and which they sold dearer than others.
A single root of the variety called viceroy produced the
owner four fat oxen, eight hogs, twelve sheep, ten hun-
dred weight of cheese, two pipes of wine, a bed and fur-
niture complete', a silver cup, a great quantity of corn,
and other provisions, to the value of twentj'-flve thousand