FREUD, Sigmund (1856-1939). Die Traumdeutung. Leipzig and Vienna: Karl Prochaska for Franz Deuticke, 1909.
8° (235 x 154mm). Diagrams in the text. (Occasional light spotting, heavier on first 2 leaves, short, skilfully-repaired tears on half-title.) Original grey printed wrappers, the lower wrapper printed with publisher's catalogue recto and verso (wrappers lightly spotted, spine faded, skilfully-repaired short tears causing small losses). Provenance: 'LC' (embossed red booklabel on half-title).
SECOND, ENLARGED EDITION IN WRAPPERS. 'FREUD'S GREATEST WORK, the influence of which has been felt far beyond the psychiatric and medical community' (Garrison-Morton (1993), 4,980). Die Traumdeutung 'contains all the basic components of psychoanalytic theory and practice: the erotic nature of dreams, the "Oedipus complex", the libido, and the rest; all related to the background of the "unconscious", later to be called the "sub-conscious" ' (PMM 389). It was first published in 1899 in an edition of 600 copies, and initially the work went virtually unnoticed; Ernest Jones states that eighteen months after the work was published, 'no scientific periodical, and only a few others, had mentioned the book. It was simply ignored [...] Seldom has an important book produced no echo whatever. It was ten years later, when Freud's work was coming to be recognized, that a second edition was called for' (Sigmund Freud: Life and Work (London: 1956-57), I, pp.395-6). However, recognition of Die Traumdeutung's significance came eventually, and the work's impact over the course of the century was such that it is now generally regarded as 'Freud's greatest single work' (PMM 389), and it is notable that it was one of the three works that Freud continued to revise through his life, as successive editions were issued (the others were Zur Psychopathologie des Alltagslebens ... and Drei Abhandlungen zur Sexualtheorie). The dimensions of the present copy are distinctly larger than those of the Norman copy (which measures 228 x 147mm), but interestingly similar to those of the wrappers issues of the first and third editions described by Norman (236 x 145mm and 237 x 153mm respectively), suggesting that Deuticke may have printed the issues in wrappers in two different sizes. Norman F36.