Roscoe Pound and the circular desk

The great man, his books and his desk.

The great man, his books and his desk.

Roscoe Pound was a polymath. Because of his varied interest, he kept stacks of books out, ready for further consultation at a glance.

Because standard desks were inefficient for his needs, Pound commissioned the creation of a unique desk. It is a complete circle and the great man would stand (or maybe even sit) in the middle turning and turning and turning as his examined his array of source materials.

My new friend, Tyler Keyser promised to send me photos of the desk and related materials that may still be found at Harvard.  Tyler is as good as his word, and I happily share some of them now.

The desk as it exists today.

The desk as it exists today.

Thanks Tyler.

RGK

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