The Black Tulip

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by Alexandre Dumas

Historical suspense with an introduction and notes by David Coward.

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Cornelius von Baerle, a respectable tulip-grower, lives only to cultivate the elusive black tulip and win a magnificent prize for its creation. But after his powerful godfather is assassinated, the unwitting Cornelius becomes caught up in deadly political intrigue and is falsely accused of high treason by a bitter rival. Condemned to life imprisonment, his only comfort is Rosa, the jailer’s beautiful daughter, and together they concoct a plan to grow the black tulip in secret.

Dumas’ last major historical novel is a tale of romantic love, jealousy and obsession, interweaving historical events surrounding the brutal murders of two Dutch statesman in 1672 with the phenomenon of tulipomania that gripped seventeenth-century Holland.

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Book Condition

Used – Good




236 pages, 130 x 200 x 13 mm


Oxford World Classics, Oxford 2000 (first published 1850)


Fiction, Classics, Historical Fiction

The Black Tulip


1 in stock