06-09-2013
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The Semper Augustus.

The grand deception

“Good grace, a Semper August bulb – those are the most beautiful and the most valuable – last week, a single bulb was sold for six magnificent horses, three hogsheads of wine, a dozen sheep, two dozens of silver wine decanters and a sea panting of Esaias van de Velde!”

With a voice shrill from excitement, the merchant from the novel Tulip Fever describes this remarkable transaction.

In 1636, the Netherlands were under the spell of the tulip trade. A man could make a fortune by smart buying and selling; it was not about flowers any longer.

The bulbs were sold and resold unseen. And every single transaction raised their price.

Until February 1637, when the trade collapsed with a bang. Everybody panicked and demanded their money back, or their bulbs. Only to find out that neither could be delivered.

The highest amount ever paid for a tulip was registered in Haarlem, where the famous Semper August changed owner for 8000 guilders. A sum which would buy one a house at the Amsterdam canals.

The speculative madness plays an entertaining part Deborah Moggach´s novel.




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Author:
Deborrah Moggach

Genre:
novel

Time:
1636

Locations:
Amsterdam


 

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hr5lXtFhkeQ (07-12-2016 14:15):
Times are chignang for the better if I can get this online!


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