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Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, Mackay Charles (1814-1889)

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Chapter 3- provides background on the introduction of the tulip bulb:


The following is a list of the various articles and their values for the purchase of a single root of the rare tulip called Viceroy:

Two lasts of wheat 448
Four lasts of rye 558
Four fat oxen 480
Eight fat swine 240
Twelve fat sheep 120
Two hogsheads of wine 70
Four tuns of beer 32
Two tons of butter 192
One thousand lbs. of cheese 120
A complete bed 100
A suit of clothes 80
A silver drinking cup 60
 Total value: 2500



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