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Joseph Rock with Nashi assistants, China 1925

China, Kan-su (Pei-ta-t’ung). Near the summit of the Hatapan. J. F. Rock with some of his Nashi assistants crossing the Hatapan, East Koko Nor Barrier Range. Rhododendron przewalskii and R. thymifolium come from this mountain about 500 ft. below or even less, as some extend to 12,400 ft. elevation. Juniperus zaidamensis comes from the summit of this mountain. Elevation: 12,500 ft. Photo by J. F. Rock, Nov. 14, 1925. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 10 x 16 cm. (photo), 24 x 30 cm. (board). Gelatin silver process.

China, Kan-su (Pei-ta-t’ung). J. F. Rock with some of his Nashi assistants.

[Title from recto of mount.]
Photograph by Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962, American, Austrian)
Haomen, Gansu Sheng, China
November 14, 1925

A larger version of this image is available in HOLLIS, the online catalog of Harvard Library.

“Near the top which we reached about 9 a.m. I took two photos of my men dressed in their winter garments lined up in the deep snow near the summit at over 12,000 ft. elev.” (189)
–Rock, Joseph Francis Charles, Diary, 1924-1927, vol. 4, Archives, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh Library. ; Excerpt from Nov. 14, 1925.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Joseph Rock, and of other plant explorers are available in our Visual Archives.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962) papers, 1922-1962. This collection includes Rock’s published Na-khi-English Encyclopedic Dictionary, Part I. Roma: Instituto Italiano per il Medio ed Estremo Oriente, 1963 ( Serie orientale Roma ; v. 28 ).

The Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library also holds and recommends Ancestral realms of the Naxi : Quentin Roosevelt’s China. Stuttgart : Arnoldsche Art Publishers, 2011.

Photographs by Joseph Francis Charles Rock in the Joseph Francis Charles Rock Papers: Copyright © 1924-2003, President and Fellows of Harvard College; all rights reserved. Photographs and images from the collection may be reproduced only with written permission.

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