FREUD, Sigmund.

Die Traumdeutung.

Leipzig & Vienna: Franz Deuticke, 1900 [1899] Stock Code: 131686

The Interpretation of Dreams, very rare in the original wrappers

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First edition of Freud's greatest single work, The Interpretation of Dreams, one of only 600 copies printed; very rare in the original wrappers. "Die Traumdeutung contains Freud's general theory of the psyche, which he had developed during the past decade. Using his refined understanding of the operation of the unconscious, Freud interpreted dreams on the basis of wish-fulfilment theory and discussed displacement (the appearance in conscious thought of symbols for repressed desires), regression, Oedipal impulses, and the erotic nature of dreams. Although this was his first major work on normal psychology, Freud gave an unprecedented precision and force to the idea of the essential similarities of normal and abnormal behaviour, opening up the door to the irrational that had been closed to Western psychology since the time of Locke" (Norman). "It contains all the basic components of psychoanalytic theory and practice" (PMM). The book was published on 4 November 1899 (though post-dated by the publisher) but sold so slowly that the second edition did not appear until nine years later.

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Octavo (235 x 152 mm). Uncut in the original printed paper wrappers, skilfully rebacked preserving the original spine. Housed in a pale green cloth solander box.


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From the library of Jo. Weber, with the red inked "Bibliothek Jo Weber" stamp and shelfmark label to the front wrapper; subsequently from the library of Pierre Bergé, with his library label to the inside of the solander box. Wrapper extremities creased, some sunning to spine and rear wrapper, small nick to top edge of pp. 371-2 and a couple of pencil marks to margins, a few leaves unevenly opened; in all a near-fine copy, excellently preserved.


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