9 June 2004
PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR
FREUD, Sigmund (1856-1939). Zur Auffassung der Aphasien. Eine kritische Studie. Leipzig and Vienna: Franz Deuticke, 1891.
8o (239 x 155 mm). 10 wood-engravings in text. (Tiny stain on title near gutter.) Original printed wrappers (very minor soiling at edges); grey cloth folder.
FIRST EDITION OF FREUD'S FIRST BOOK (preceded by offprints and a collaborative work). "Freud's treatise on aphasia [loss or impairment of the ability to use words]... was little known or appreciated by contemporary neurologists [of the 850 copies printed, only 257 were sold over nine years and the remainder of the edition was pulped], but Freud always regarded it as the most significant of his neurological writings... Departing from the mechanical views of the Helmholtz school, Freud approached the development of speech and reading from a psychological standpoint... Freud dedicated this book to his older colleague and mentor, Joseph Breuer, with 'friendly admiration,' but was disappointed in Breuer's seeming disdain of this gesture" (Norman F15). Grinstein 2; Jones I, pp. 233-236; Standard edition 189lb; Stanford 21. A FINE COPY IN ORIGINAL WRAPPERS.
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