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Linnaean curiosities (“Plugghästen” The Grind)


Photo: Hans Odöö.
  At Linnaeus’ Hammarby you can still find the strange piece of furniture from which Linnaeus lectured in his “palace under the sky” , i.e. the small building where he kept his natural history collections. The name The Grind is due to the fact that he straddled the chair and had his manuscript on a stand similar to a music stand in front of him. It was probably made in 1741, modelled after library chairs in foreign monasteries and the university library in Leiden. Books were heavy and cumbersome in old times.

If you want to construct your own Grind, there are instructions at the homepage www.plugghasten.se