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SCHREBER, Daniel Paul.

Memoirs of my Nervous Illness.

Translated, Edited, with Introduction, Notes and Discussion by Ida MacAlpine and Richard A. Hunter.

Published: London: Wm. Dawson & Sons Ltd., 1955

Stock code: 39323

Price: £175

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First Edition in English. “The classic story of a schizophrenic judge.” [Alvarez] For many years the President of the Supreme Court of Saxony, Schreber suffered several minor lapses of sanity before finally succumbing in 1894. At times he believed that he had been transformed into a woman in order that he could redeem the World, once convincing himself that he had been impregnated by God. On other occasions he was sure that God would turn him over to the asylum attendants to “use as a harlot”. “A book full of queer ideas. Schreber wrote down his thoughts as they came to him – usually mixed up, confused, and incoherent. His writing shows how disorganized the mental processes of a schizophrenic can be.” Freud described it as “this gifted paranoiac’s invaluable book.” This edition reprints three detailed reports on the case by Dr. Weber the leading medico-legal psychiatrist consulted at the time, together with a discussion of Freud’s analysis and extensive notes.

Octavo. Original black buckram, title gilt to spine, blind panels to the boards, in dust jacket. Frontispiece. Small inked ownership stamp to the front free endpaper – Richard B. Drooz, onetime Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at SUNY College of Medicine – else a really sharp copy, spine of the dust jacket just a little tanned.

Bibliography: Alvarez p.344

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