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Titel: Nieuwe leerwijze der Engelsche taal
Deel: Tweede cursus
Auteur: Gerdes, E.
Uitgave: Amsterdam: P.N. van Kampen, 1856
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Citeerinstructie: Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, UBM: P.B. 580 : 1e dr. (dl. II)
URL: https://schoolmuseum.uba.uva.nl/bookid/LCSM_205055
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These roots were sold by weight, like the most valu-
able commodities; an ounce often cost several thousand
florins: the most esteemed variety was that called semper
avguslus: it was valued at two thousand florins, and re-
ported to be so rare that there were but two roots of the
kind; one at Harlem, and the other at Amsterdam. A
flowerfancier offered for one of these four thousand six
hundred florins, and a fine coach and two horses into the
bargain. Another person gave twelve acres of land for
a root. In 1637, the collection of tulips of one individu-
al was sold, after his death, by his heirs, for the enor-
mous sum of nine thousand pounds; one single semper
augustus sold for two thousand florins.
Everybody's head was turned by the passion for tulips;
those who had not ready money bartered away their lands
and houses to procure them. The florists, and other per-
sons who were engaged in the cultivation of flowers, in
a very short time made immense fortunes. All classes of
society were therefore desirous of embarking in the trade;
and all the Dutch from the first gentleman in the land to
the chimney-sweeper and rag-man, began to speculate on
the tulipomania. A bed of tulips was considered the great-
est treasure that a person could possess, and was worth
at least as much as the most magnificent palace. It is
related, that a sailor, having brought some goods to a
merchant who cultivated tulips in his garden for this spe-
culation , received from the latter a herring for breakfast.
As he was going away with it, he saw some roots in
the garden; and thinking they were common onions, he
began quietly eating them with his herring. At this mo-
ment the merchant came up, and perceiving what he was
about, »Villain!" cried he, in a tone of despair, »your
breakfast has ruined me; I could have regaled a monarch
at half the expense." The poor sailor, as you may sup-