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LACAN, Jacques.

De la psychose paranoïaque dans ses rapports avec la personnalité.

Published: Paris: Librairie E. Le François, 1932

Stock code: 59379

Price: £6,500

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First edition of Lacan’s first published work. Lacan’s ground-breaking thesis, particularly its central narrative of the story of the woman he named Aimée, immediately attracted the attention of the Surrealists. “To this thesis,” Dali wrote in 1933, “we are indebted for giving us, for the first time, a global and homogeneous idea of the [paranoid] phenomenon, beyond any of the abject notions in which psychiatry at present is mired.” “The young psychiatrist was not satisfied with effecting a brilliant critical synthesis among several trends of French thought; he also proposed a writing of madness which was as innovative at the time as that of Breton or Bataille. Instead of a traditional case history, we find in the 1932 thesis a novel 150 pages in length, in the style of Flaubert, that is, in a literary language irreducible to the wooden prose of psychiatric discourse. Lacan recounts his heroine’s adventures with the pen of an authentic writer, displacing on the character of Aimée the misfortunes of a contemporary Emma Bovary. That in fact is the greatest originality of this innovative book” (Élisabeth Roudinesco, Jacques Lacan & Co: a history of psychoanalysis in France, 1925-1985, University of Chicago Press, 1990, p. 112).

Octavo (235 156 mm). Modern brown quarter morocco by Lobstein-Laurenchet, marbled boards, raised bands, spine gilt-lettered direct, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, printed wrappers bound in. Stain to foot of original front wrapper also very slightly affecting the extreme lower margin of the first few leaves, else an excellent copy.

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