Sheet from a Tulip Book

Flowers were costly, and tulips the costliest of all. Tulip bulbs were avidly collected in the 17th century and large sums changed hands for unusual specimens. The tulip book’s exact function is not known. It could have been a catalogue from which an interested buyer made his selection, or a drawn inventory of a collection of tulips.

Two Tulips with Insects
Twee tulpen met twee waterjuffers en lieveheersbeestje
Twee tulpen met vlieg, libelle en kever
Twee tulpen met twee schelpen, twee kevers en waterjuffer