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 Tulip.Tumbledown Dick. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Tulip Mania.
A reckless mania for the purchase of tulip-bulbs in the seventeenth century. Beckmann says it rose to its greatest height in the years 1634–1637. A root of the species called Viceroy sold for £250; Semper Augustus, more than double that sum. The tulips were grown in Holland, but the mania which spread over Europe was a mere stock-jobbing speculation.   1

 Tulip.Tumbledown Dick. 

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