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Author Mueggler, Erik, 1962- author.

Title The paper road : archive and experience in the botanical exploration of West China and Tibet / Erik Mueggler
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2011
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 361 pages) : illustrations
Series ACLS Humanities E-Book
Contents pt. 1. The eyes of others -- Farmers and kings -- The paper road -- The golden mountain gate -- pt. 2. Bodies real and virtual -- Lost worlds -- The mountain -- Adventurers -- The book of the Earth
Summary "This exhilarating book interweaves the stories of two early twentieth-century botanists to explore the collaborative relationships each formed with Yunnan villagers in gathering botanical specimens from the borderlands between China, Tibet, and Burma. Erik Mueggler introduces Scottish botanist George Forrest, who employed Naxi adventurers in his fieldwork from 1906 until his death in 1932. We also meet American Joseph Francis Charles Rock, who, in 1924, undertook a dangerous expedition to Gansu and Tibet with the sons and nephews of Forrest's workers. Mueggler describes how the Naxi workers and their Western employers rendered the earth into specimens, notes, maps, diaries, letters, books, photographs, and ritual manuscripts. Drawing on an ancient metaphor of the earth as a book, Mueggler provides a sustained meditation on what can be copied, translated, and revised and what can be folded back into the earth"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries (CBHL) Annual Literature Award - Nominee, 2013
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Subject Forrest, George, 1873-1932 -- Travel
Rock, Joseph F. (Joseph Francis), 1884-1962 -- Travel
Forrest, George, 1873-1932.
Rock, Joseph F. (Joseph Francis), 1884-1962.
Botany -- Fieldwork -- China -- Yunnan Sheng -- History -- 20th century
Botany -- Fieldwork -- China -- Gansu Sheng -- History -- 20th century
Botany -- Fieldwork -- China -- Tibet Autonomous Region -- History -- 20th century
Botanists -- Scotland -- Biography
Botanists -- United States -- Biography
NATURE -- Plants -- General.
SCIENCE -- Life Sciences -- Botany.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Anthropology -- Cultural.
Earth & Environmental Sciences.
Plant Geography.
Yunnan Sheng (China) -- Description and travel
Gansu Sheng (China) -- Description and travel
Tibet Autonomous Region (China) -- Description and travel
China -- Gansu Sheng.
China -- Tibet Autonomous Region.
China -- Yunnan Sheng.
United States.
Genre/Form Electronic book
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2011017740
ISBN 9780520950498