Autobiographical Study.

FREUD Sigmund (1935.)


Authorized Translation by James Strachey. First UK edition, first impression. 8vo. 137, [3] pp., black and white photographic portrait of Freud. Original green cloth, spine lettered and ruled in gilt, dust jacket (traces of removed small bookseller's label to front pastedown, jacket slightly edge worn with a few short closed tears, spine panel faded with some small loss to head and tail, otherwise a very good copy with the notably scarce dust jacket). London, Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press & the Institute of Psycho-Analysis.

A sustained return to Freud's earlier style of self-analysis as in The Interpretation of Dreams (1899), An Autobiographical Study was first published in German in 1925 in Volume IV of Die Medizin der Gegenwart in Selbstdarstellungen, a collection of short studies by various members of the medical and psychoanalytic profession intended to give a picture of the present state of the field. The first English translation appeared in the United States in 1927, but was never issued in England and came to be surpassed by the Hogarth Press edition presented here, which includes some authorial alterations and additions along with a new postscript by Freud. 

In 1924 Leonard Woolf paid £800 for the existing stock of the British Psychoanalytical Society's library and the Hogarth Press became their official English publishers. The move was a huge risk for the Hogarth Press, both financially and in terms of the risk of prosecution for obscenity, and Virginia was "less sanguine than Leonard about the project. She wrote to Roger Fry that she was alarmed at the Press 'having laid out £800 in the works of Freud.' The stock arrived in July 1924 and was 'dumped in a fortress the size of Windsor castle in ruins upon the floor' in the basement at Tavistock Square." (Julia Briggs, Canvas Issue 18).

Stock Code: 234221

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