INSCRIBED BY SIGMUND FREUD
FREUD, Sigm[und], Prof. Dr. Vorlesungen zur Einfuhrung in die Psychoanalyse. Leipzig, Wien, Zurich: Internationaler Psychoanalytischer Verlag, 1922. Small octavo (4 by 6-1/2 inches), contemporary full mottled brown calf. Housed in a custom folding chemise and half morocco slipcase. $9700.
Second, revised edition of one of Freud's most popular works, signed and dated by him on the front free endpaper, "Sigm. Freud 7.5.1927."
One of Freud's most popular works, Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis was for Freud himself not so much an introduction as it was a culmination. Twenty-some years earlier, Freud had begun a series of publications that announced the development of a new field, tentatively at first with Studies in Hysteria (1895) and then with growing confidence in The Interpretation of Dreams (1899), The Psychopathology of Everyday Life (1901), Jokes and their Relation to the Unconscious (1905) and Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality (1905). By 1915, he was internationally famous, a respected doctor and a professor at the University in Vienna. In October of that year, "Freud began giving his accustomed lectures on 'An Introduction to Psychoanalysis.' He found, evidently to his surprise, an audience of seventy, a great contrast to the audience of three when he gave his fist lecture on dreams only fifteen years before; in the following month it had mounted to over a hundred. So he decided to prepare them more carefully than usual, and after a little reflection made up his mind to publish them in book form. The acute [Otto] Rank at once interpreted this as a plan to make further lectures unnecessary, and he was right. Freud had been lecturing for thirty years… these lectures were his last" (Jones, Life and Work of Sigmund Freud II: 218). First published in 1916-17. Text in German. Bookplate.
Text generaly clean; text block, endpapers and contemporary calf covers treated to remove dampstaining, with light staining to endpapers remaining.