Sigmund Freud

Austrian neurologist and the founder of psychoanalysis, 1856-1939

Sigmund Freud is known as the father of psychoanalysis. In creating psychoanalysis, a clinical method for treating psychopathology through dialogue between a patient and a psychoanalyst, Freud developed therapeutic techniques such as the use of free association and discovered transference, establishing its central role in the analytic process. His work has suffused contemporary Western thought and popular culture. In January 1933, the Nazis took control of Germany, and Freud's books were prominent among those they burned and destroyed. He died in his London exile on 23 September 1939.

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Freud, Sigmund

physician, founder of psychoanalysis, (1856-1939). His personal visiting card. London. 32mo. 1 p.
$ 2,715 / 2.500 € (61448)

Freud’s personal visiting card with his first address in London. Freud was living at this address only for three months. - Visitenkarte mit Freuds erster Adresse in London. Freud wohnte nach seiner Emigration nur drei Monate in der Elsworthy Road, da der Mietvertrag nicht verlängert werden konnte. Beilage: Blatt mit Adresse: 20 Maresfield Gardens, London NW 3 mit Stempel: "Per pro Sigmund Freud". Hier handelt es sich um Freuds zweite Adresse in London. Das Haus, das von der Familie bis zum Tod von Anna Freud 1982 bewohnt wurde, ist heute Sitz des Freud Museums London.

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Freud, Sigmund

Mediziner und Begründer der Psychoanalyse (1856–1939). Printed card with his signature „Prof. Freud“. Wien. Quer-8vo. 1 p. Mit ms. Kuvert.
$ 3,801 / 3.500 € (81793)

Printed thank-you card for Freud's 70th birthday addressed to Gabriele Countess von Wilczek. Adhesive residue on the back of the card and the envelope.

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Freud, Sigmund

Mediziner und Begründer der Psychoanalyse (1856-1939). Autograph letter signed. Wien. 8vo. 1/2 p. Gefaltet.
$ 5,430 / 5.000 € (83318)

To Paul Federn: „Please reply to these patients’ letter accordingly in your position as my replacement […]“.

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Freud, Sigmund

Mediziner und Begründer der Psychoanalyse (1856-1939). Typed testimony signed. Wien. Gr.-4to. 1 p. Gedr. Briefkopf „Wiener Psychoanalytische Vereinigung | Obmann: Prof. Dr. Freud“. Gefaltet. Klammerspuren.
$ 8,145 / 7.500 € (91801)

Testimony: "Mr. Dr. ERNST PAUL HOFFMANN, born on January 23, 1891 in Radautz in Bukovina, graduated as a medical doctor from the University of Vienna in 1914. Soon after completing his military medical service during the war years, he turned to the study of psychoanalysis and completed the training prescribed by our association in courses, seminars, training analysis, and practical work at the association's outpatient clinic. He completed the course of instruction in 1927. Since 1926, he has been a member of our association.

Mr. Dr. Hoffmann was an assistant at the Psychoanalytic Outpatient Clinic in Vienna from March 1933 to February 1937. [...] Hoffmann began his training analysis in 1922 with Paul Federn and Eduard Hitschmann and worked as a secondary doctor and assistant at the Psychoanalytic Outpatient Clinic of the Vienna Psychoanalytic Association from 1924 to 1937, where he was admitted as an associate member in 1926 and as a full member in 1931. In 1936, he gave a lecture on Introduction to Psychoanalysis at the Vienna Psychoanalytic Training Institute. From 1927, he ran a private psychoanalytic practice in the 6th district of Vienna. After the annexation of Austria in 1938, he emigrated with his family to Belgium. There, he was a training analyst for the future founders of the Association des Psychanalystes de Belgique (APB). He received the affidavit from the American Psychological Association for the USA only when the Germans invaded Belgium in 1940. He was imprisoned for several months in the camp in Saint-Cyprien in southern France. From there, he was transferred to the Camp de Gurs. He declined an opportunity to flee to Cuba as his family was still held in Belgium. In 1941, he was transferred to the Les Milles camp, from which he was able to escape to friends in Marseille in 1942. They took him across the Swiss border, where he was housed in a refugee camp near Lausanne. Hoffmann had developed a stomach ailment during his captivity and died in December 1944 during an operation.".

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Freud, Sigmund

Austrian neurologist and founder of psychoanalysis (1856-1939). Autograph Letter Signed, 'Sigm. Freud'. 20 Maresfield Gardens, London, NW3. Oblong-small 8vo. 1 p. 90 x 135 mm. A little dust-soiled, verso blank.
$ 5,213 / 4.800 € (92042)

In blue ink on a personalised notecard, thanking the unknown recipient 'so much for your kind wishes. I am recovering slowly'. Freud arrived in London in June 1938 and after spending a short period in a flat at 39 Elsworthy Road in Primrose Hill (this address struck through on the notecard), he and his family moved in September to 20 Maresfield Gardens in Hampstead. He was to die of cancer the following September and the house is now the home of the Freud Museum.

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Freud, Sigmund

Mediziner und Begründer der Psychoanalyse (1856-1939). Autograph letter signed „Freud“. Wien. 8vo. 1 1/2 pp. Gedr. Briefkopf.
$ 13,575 / 12.500 € (92068)

Handwritten letter to the medical doctor, writer and poet Hugo Salus, in part (translated): "Accept our most sincere thanks for the kind reception of 'Imago,' which indeed requires sympathy to sustain itself in the hostile world. Your sonnet also once again shows that psychoanalysis does not always fantasize but often only discloses what was kept secret. However, please do not be displeased if I do not firmly commit to publishing it in Imago, where we currently lack the space for it. Rather, with your consent, I would prefer to transfer it to the Zentralblatt für Psychoanalyse, which has been paying attention to confirmations of our propositions in poetic works for some time.

As you know, it is the same publisher as Imago." In fine condition, with a short split to the central horizontal fold. Accompanied by an export certificate from the French Ministry of Culture. A significant letter by Dr. Freud, acknowledging the adoption of his psychoanalytic practices by members of the arts community. In 1912, Salus's sonnet 'Der Knabe' appeared in No. 12 of the Zentralblatt für Psychanalyse und Psychotherapie, a publication co-edited by Sigmund Freud..

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Freud, Sigmund

Mediziner und Begründer der Psychoanalyse (1856-1939). Autograph letter signed. Wien, IX. Berggasse 19. Gr.-4to. 1 1/3 pp. Gedr. Briefkopf. Faltspuren.
$ 30,408 / 28.000 € (93329)

Important letter to the Austrian psychoanalyst Paul Federn (1871-1950): Very proud of the enchanting effect of my letter of admonition, I ask you to confirm that I have so far behaved as the most diligent fighter for the reputation of the Center. I know why I do this, and I also suspect why the opposition within the PA [Psychoanalytic Association] is currently directed against the formation of clubs. You may have already heard about my correspondence with Bleuler. I believe that our relationship will remain unchanged otherwise.

He will continue to protect and criticize me. Truly, he was the right man to give the office to. Hopefully, you have similarly good personal legitimacy for dealing with the Catholic Church. If censorship considerations by the publisher do not prevail, I would like to relieve you of the gray, new volume for the 'Writings.' Although my dreadful toothaches greatly disturbed my evening visit to your house, they prove powerless against the purified memory thereof. Please give my warm regards to your dear wife, and accept the best regards from your Freud..

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Freud, Sigmund

Austrian neurologist and founder of psychoanalysis (1856-1939). Autograph letter signed „Freud“. Vienna. 8vo. 1 p. Printed letterhead „Berggasse 19“.
$ 10,317 / 9.500 € (94444)

To the French composer and sound engineer Erik Sarnette (1898-1993). „I will be very happy to be able to read your book Les Etapes de l’Histoire [The Stages of History]. Of my writings, I am sorry to say, only the Introdutory Lectures on Psychoanalysis and the small pamphlet La Psychanalyse have been made available in the French language, though Payot will have a number of other works translated over the course of the next few years. I regret that you did not wish a German book from me. […]“

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Freud, Sigmund

Austrian neurologist and founder of psychoanalysis (1856-1939). Autograph letter signed „Freud“. Vienna. 8vo. 2 pp. Printed letterhead „Berggasse 19“.
$ 30,408 / 28.000 € (94445)

To controversial American journalist William Bayad Hale (1869-1924). In English. „I greatly enjoyed your book ,The Story of a Style.’ I had felt prejudiced against it by your publisher advertising it as a ,psychoanalytic study’ of Woodrow Wilson which designation you yourself disclaim. But there is the true spirit of psychoanalysis in it. You have indeed opened up a new field of analytic research and your first results however incomplete may be correct as far as I can judge them. That kind of a higher and more scientific ,graphologie’ is sure to find a broad application in literary criticism.

By teh article in the Rundschau I learned what kind of a man you are and what your former relations with Mr. Wilson had been. I fully sympathize with you but I think you should not describe your work as a cool scientific study of the man. There is a deep passion behind your investigation, it often betrays itself in your lines and it were a miracle if it did not so you need not be ashamed of it yet I cannot overcome my objection that what you have done is a bit of vivisection and that psycholanalysis should not be [used] practiced on a living individual [sic!]. I therefore submit to you my wish that you should not publish my letter as a whole but should take out of it such passages as you deem convenient; you are invited to correct my grammatical errors and faulty impressions. And now let me add in a purely confidential way: I detest the man who is the object of your study[.] As far as a single individual can be responsible for the misery of this part of the world he surely is. […]“ Provenance: Ex Forbes Collection; sold at Christie’s New York, November 15, 2005, lot 173, for the hammer price of $ 17,000..

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Freud, Sigmund

Austrian neurologist and founder of psychoanalysis (1856-1939). Typed letter signed „Sigm.“ Vienna. 8vo. 1 1/2 pp. Printed stationery from Berggasse 19, Vienna.
$ 5,430 / 5.000 € (94479)

To his nephew Edward Bernays (1891-1995). In German with translation: „Thank you very much for your notification concerning the latest royalties, the confirmation for which I am now expecting from Haag. I have not received a letter in which you write your opinion on the use of my debt but I know now how it is to be done and I will inform you of my payments regularly. As the monthly payment to Aunt Mitzi has not arrived either here nor in Berlin and her needs can’t wait, I thought you would like it if I covered that payment as well.

Boni & Liveright have announced your new book to me but it has not arrived yet. Give my regards to your mother and tell her that Peter is really a lovely child. My warmest greetings to you and Doris as well.“.

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Freud, Sigmund

physician, founder of psychoanalysis, (1856-1939). Typed Letter Signed, "freud". Vienna. 1 page. 8vo. On „Prof. Dr. Freud“ stationery.
$ 9,231 / 8.500 € (94488)

To an unnamed recipient, "Esteemed Sir," in German, explaining that his work at the "magic mountain" leaves only the evenings to socialize and arranging a meeting after dinner. „I am very sorry that your recent visit to me was unsuccessful. My day in this magic mountain or cave is divided in such a way that I have only the evening for enjoyments. May I suggest that you honor me with a visit today, at 8 or 8:15 after dinner, to exchange ideas and have a cigar? Or give the bearer some other time?“ - Thomas Mann's novel, Magic Mountain, in which several themes are developed including the health of the mind and body, was published in 1924, two years prior to the writing of this letter.

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Freud, Sigmund

Austrian neurologist, founder of psychoanalysis (1856-1939). Autograph signature ("Sigm. Freud"). No place. Oblong 8vo.
$ 3,258 / 3.000 € (88266/BN58091)

Slight fingerstaining. From the collection of the Viennese lawyer Max Bettelheim (1912-71).

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Freud, Sigmund

Mediziner und Begründer der Psychoanalyse (1856-1939). Eigenh. Brief mit U. ("Sigm. Freud"). Wohl London. 1½ SS. 8vo.
$ 13,575 / 12.500 € (91387/BN60442)

An einen "hochgeehrten Herrn Doktor" über die gesundheitlich bedingte Unmöglichkeit, eine Besprechung zu verfassen: "Ein Unternehmen wie das, von dem Sie berichten, hat natürlich Anspruch auf mein stärkstes Interesse. Wenn Sie meinen, daß eine Besprechung darüber mit mir wünschenswert ist, müßte ich zu Ihrer Verfügung sein. Es trifft sich aber daß ich jetzt leidend u. nicht einmal Herr meiner Zeit bin, da ich eine ebenso anspruchsvolle wie ermüdende Behandlung unternommen habe (Röntgenbestra[h]lungen).

Ich getraue mich also nicht Ihnen jetzt einen Zeitpunkt für Ihren freundlichen Besuch anzugeben. Sollten Sie später Ihre Absicht wieder aufnehmen, so bin ich dann vielleicht in der Lage, Sie bei mir zu sehen [...]". - Freud war bereits 1923 nach seiner Gaumenoperation mit Röntgenstrahlen behandelt worden, weitere Behandlungen folgten 1930, 1931 und 1934. Ab Februar 1939 wurde er dann in London u. a. von Neville Finzi, einem der führenden Röntgenologen Großbritanniens, behandelt. Nach mehreren Sitzungen diagnostizierte im Mai der Oralchirurg George Exner, der u. a. in Wien bei dem Kieferchirurgen Hans Pichler studiert hatte, "erneute Krebsrezidive, hält eine Operation aber nicht mehr für angezeigt. Es wurde Radium mit Hilfe einer Prothese 2 Stunden pro Tag gegeben, daneben tiefe Röntgenbestrahlung. Die Geschwulst ist zurückgegangen, aber Metastasen sind aufgetreten". Im Juli und August bemerkte Freuds Leibarzt Max Schur verdächtige Läsionen in Freuds Mundhöhle und konnte Pichler, der Freuds Gaumenkrebs zwischen 1923 bis 1936 schon mehr als 30-mal operiert hatte, dazu überreden, persönlich nach London zu kommen und Freud zu untersuchen. Pichler traf am 7. September in London ein und stellte in einer gleich darauf anschließenden Untersuchung fest, daß operiert werden müsse. Die Operation am Tag darauf überstand Freud gut, den ganzen Monat jedoch sollte er nicht mehr erleben. - Auf Briefpapier mit gedr. Briefkopf; stellenweise gering fleckig und mit zwei kleinen alt hinterlegten Einrissen im Mittelfalz..

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Freud, Sigmund

Austrian neurologist, founder of psychoanalysis (1856-1939). Autograph letter signed ("Freud"). Vienna. 4to. 1½ pp. On headed stationery.
$ 23,892 / 22.000 € (95665/BN63307)

In German to the American journalist and statesman Arthur Sweetser (1888-1968) on an alarming incident involving Sweetser's son, Harold, who is suffering from a "sinister illness" that recently caused him to have a seizure when playing with other children; and with thanks for the positive attitude Sweetser has nonetheless retained towards the psychoanalytic treatment his son had received: "Die unheimliche Erkrankung Ihres kleinen Harald, sein plötzliches Entführtwerden aus einem Kreis spielender Kinder [...] setzte sich zu einem erschreckenden und demütigenden Gesamtbild zusammen und wirkte auf uns wie eine Lähmung [...] Indem Sie aus der selbstverständlichen Pflege, die Harald hier fand soviel machten, nicht die Nutzlosigkeit der analytischen Arbeit betonten sondern das erfreuliche Bild festhielten, das sie geschaffen hatte [...], haben Sie das Dunkel verscheucht, der menschlichen Seele direkt zum Sieg über das brutale Schicksal verholfen [...]".

- Freud further acknowledges the receipt of a cheque for $1,000 to support the "Internationaler Psychoanalytischer Verlag", and thanks Sweetser for writing a letter to the Rockefeller Foundation in support of psychoanalysis. - Traces of rust near upper left corner. Otherwise in excellent condtion..

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Freud, Sigmund

Mediziner und Begründer der Psychoanalyse (1856-1939). Autograph letter signed ("Freud"). Berchtesgaden. 1½ SS. 8vo. Auf Briefpapier mit gedr. Briefkopf.
$ 15,747 / 14.500 € (95713/BN63442)

To the unnamed psychoanalyst and writer Fritz Wittels, Freud's first biographer, who had been invited the previous year by Alvin Johnson, co-founder of the New School for Social Research in New York, to give lectures on psychoanalysis at the New School. In his letter, Freud shows himself agreeable to the founding of a "Zentralblatt" in America but is skeptical about the necessary audience for such a publication. He writes that he is glad to hear about Wittels' success in America but finds it disturbing that Wittels apparently is posing as Freud's emissary and at the same time spreading indiscreet personal information about him.

Freud ends the letter ominously: "I believe you should know what I heard about you". - In his letter Freud mentions Dorian Feigenbaum, who founded the "Zentralblatt" as "The Psychoanalytic Quarterly" in 1932 ("the oldest freestanding psychoanalytical journal in America"), and Philip R. Lehrman, a medical doctor who had joined the New York Psychoanalytic Society in 1921 and was the secretary of the Society from 1935 to 1944. He and his family had visited Vienna in 1928 for a year of analytic work with Freud. During his stays he produced numerous films of Freud and his colleagues with his Bell & Howell camera; these films are today considered of inestimable value for the history of psychoanalysis..

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Sigmund Freud (1856–1939), Mediziner und Begründer der Psychoanalyse. E. Brief mit U. („Freud“). Wien, 16. Juni 1925. ¾ S. 8°. – Wohl an Arthur Schnitzler: „Montag 29 dM paßt mir sehr, es ist der letzte Tag, den ich vor dem Sommerurlaub in Wien zubringe. Ich kann Dich um 3h pM empfangen wenn Dir ein zerstörtes Zimmer nichts macht [...]“. – Auf Briefpapier mit gedr. Briefkopf.


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Sigmund Freud (1856–1939), Mediziner und Begründer der Psychoanalyse. E. Brief mit U. („Freud“). Wien, 10. Januar 1930. ¾ S. Gr.-8°. Mit einigen Beilagen (s. u.). – An die Schriftstellerin und Journalistin Helene Scheu-Riesz (1880–1970), die ihm am Tag zuvor einen Brief des amerikanischen Dichters Robert Haven Schauffler hatte zukommen lassen, der eine Frage enthielte, „die nur Sie selber beantworten können. Sein Buch hat auf mich einen so tiefen Eindruck gemacht, [...] und die Frage, inwieweit psychische Beeinflussung in einem bestimmten Sinn durch Dichtung möglich ist, beschäftigt mich sehr stark. Wollen Sie erlauben, dass Mr. Schauffler Ihnen sein Buch bringt? Er ist ein Mann von so ungewöhnlichen Qualitäten, dass nicht einmal Sie es bedauern werden, ihm ein Stückchen Ihrer kostbaren Einsamkeit geopfert zu haben [...]“ (ms. Brief v. 9. Januar 1930; hier als Durchschlag beiliegend). Freud nun schreibt ihr unterm 10. des Monats: „Ich gebe zu daß Herr Schauffler infolge Ihrer Empfehlung und seiner Beziehung zu G. St. Hall [d. i. der amerikanische Psychologe Granville Stanley Hall, 1844–1924] einen besonderen Anspruch darauf hat daß sein Wunsch etwas mit mir zu besprechen erfüllt werde. Aber mein großes Ruhebedürfnis – nicht der Wert meiner Zeit – steht dem im Wege [...]“. – Helene Scheu-Riesz wurde bekannt als Lyrikerin und Erzählerin für die Jugend, gab unter dem Titel „Sesam-Bücher“ in dem von ihr gegründeten gleichnamigen Verlag eine Klassiker Sammlung heraus und verfaßte Märchenbücher, Puppen- und Weihnachtsspiele; zudem war sie in der österreichischen Frauenbewegung und Kinderpädagogik tätig. 1934 in die USA emigrierend, lebte sie als Journalistin in New York und kehrte 1954 nach Wien zurück. Das erklärte Ziel der Gattin des sozialdemokratischen Politikers Robert Scheu war es, eine Universalbibliothek mit „guter“ Literatur für alle, insbesondere auch für ärmere Kinder zu schaffen. – Auf Briefpapier mit gedr. Briefkopf.


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Sigmund Freud (1856–1939), Mediziner und Begründer der Psychoanalyse. E. Postkarte mit U. („Freud“). [London], 14. Juni 1938. 2 SS. Qu.-8°. – Kurz nach seinem Eintreffen im Londoner Exil geschrieben und an einen gleichfalls emigrierten, namentlich nicht genannten Kollegen: „Dank für Ihre so freundliche Begrüßung! Ich werde mich sehr freuen, Sie zu sehen, nur daß es infolge meiner verschiedenen Infirmitäten nicht gut in Ihrem Hause sein kann. Man sagt mir, daß Sie sehr beschäftigt sind. Ich freue mich, daß Sie in der neuen Heimat den verdienten Erfolg gefunden haben und hoffe, Sie finden auch einmal Zeit für ein Plauderstündchen mit mir [...]“. – Der Briefkopf mit Freuds Namen und seiner Wiener Adresse und e. überschrieben mit seiner aktuellen, „39 Elsworthy Road, NW 3“. Freud war am 6. Juni in London eingetroffen und bezog zunächst ein gemietetes Haus an der Elsworthy Road, während sein Sohn Ernst und seine Haushälterin Paula Fichtl für ihn seinen Arbeitsraum in 20 Maresfield Gardens rekonstruierten.


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Sigmund Freud (1856–1939), Mediziner und Begründer der Psychoanalyse. E. Notiz mit U. [Wien], 3. Januar 1930. 1 S. Qu.-kl.-8°. – „Mit herzlichem Dank und guten Neujahrswünschen | Freud“. – Auf Briefpapier mit gedr. Briefkopf; alt auf Trägerkarton montiert und etwas fleckig bzw. gewellt.


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[Sigmund Freud]. A late 19th- / early 20th century Austrian malacca cane with curved, silvered-metal handle impressed with diamond-pattern decoration, stamed mark of ‚O’ within diamond-shaped cartouche (handle dented, a little tarnished, plating rubber, later rubber ferrule). Provenance: Sigmund Freud (by repute; by descent to Freud’s son) – Jean Martin Freud (1889-1967, to his partner, F. M. Freud; a gift from her to the vendor). A cane said to be Freud’s, formerly the property of Martin Freud, and his partner Margaret Freud. From the property of Margaret Freud, given by her to the vendor, neighbour and friend.


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On a four-page letter, addressed to Freud by "Alexander Stiglitz, Rožnava [Rosenau], Slovensko. C. S. R" (Eastern Slovakia) and dated November 20, 1933. Stiglitz describes some cases of stammering that occurred in his family and asks whether and under which circumstances a treatment of his brother might be possible: "I note that my father also began to stammer when he was 11, after falling on his head from a height of about eight feet; the impediment now concerns almost exclusively the sound K. His bother would stammer for some time, apparently without reason, but this ceased at age 19. In the case of my brother, the impediment worsened, especially in the last two years. At the moment, the spasmodically gaping mouth is highly characteristic. He stammers at every sound, most strongly probably at the labials M, P, F (but also A), somewhat less so at the gutturals. It distresses him; he becomes nervous, irritable, perspires. (Body weight 53 kgs, height 168 cm.) He works at my father's inn (with the elder brother) [...]". - Under Stiglitz's letter, Freud noted "Zur gefälligen Beantwort[un]g | 10/XII | Ihr Freud", leaving the reply to Paul Federn.


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To Dr R. L. Worrall, in German, thanking him for his interesting letter, from which he has learned much, and answering some of the points raised: "I know that my comments on Marxism are no evidence either of a thorough knowledge or a correct understanding of the writings of Marx and Engels. I have learnt since - very much to my satisfaction - that both in no way denied the influence of ideas and superego-structures. That invalidates the main contrast between Marxism and psycho-analysis which I had believed to exist. As to the 'dialectic', I am no clearer, even after your letter. / For the evidence of the hypothesis of the human primal horde I must refer you to my sources, Darwin and Atkinson. I have no other arguments than theirs. Naturally I accepted from psycho-analytical experience and what it would have led one to expect"; adding that "I do not quite grasp the bearing of your question about the nature of Id. As far as I understand it I should answer in the affirmative" (translation by Ernest Jones). - Worrall had written to Freud querying his statement in "New Introductory Lectures" that Marxism attributes social change solely to economic forces, whereas he believed Marx and Engels took full account of social history and psychological factors; he also raised the subject of Hegel's Absolute Ideal, and enquired whether Freud's concept of an "old man of the tribe" relationship in prehistory, as giving rise to the Oedipus Complex, derived from Atkinson's interpretation of Darwin - and specifically if the mental qualities characteristic of the Id are of prehuman rather than of human origin (see the copy of Worrall's letter to Ernest Jones, included along with Jones's translation; also included is correspondence between Worrall and K. R. Eissler of the Sigmund Freud Archives, New York). When he wrote this letter, Freud was already suffering from the cancer that was to kill him: he tells Worrall that his letter "deserve[s] a comprehensive answer" but explains that "to do that by hand would be too great an effort for my eighty-one years" and that "a personal discussion would be a pleasure for me". Six months later, Austria was absorbed into the German Reich, and three months after that Freud escaped to England, where he was to die in September 1939. - On headed paper ("Prof. Dr. Freud"); smudge to ink, tape-stains at edges especially overleaf, weak at fold.


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Autograph letter signed „Freud“. On the verso an ALS (1 page) by his wife Martha Freud to the same recipient.
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To an unidentified recipient, refusing an essay and referencing Carl Jung, who was at the time editor of the "Jahrbuch für psychoanalytische und psychopathologische Forschungen": "Your various remarks make it easier for me to answer your question as to whether we can accept your patient's biography. I am not the editor, though you do assume correctly that Jung would take my request into account. As an editor I would have reservations about accepting the essay, as it consists only of autobiographical material without any analysis and we need the space more urgently for other things than collections of material. No matter how exact a self-account is, it is always something quite different from analysis, and cannot approach analysis even through an increase of details and sincerity" (transl.). - Left margin with punched holes (slightly touching letters), folds.


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In German, to the unnamed psychoanalyst and neurologist Hermann Nunberg and his wife, about his reception in England after leaving Vienna: "We are doing very well here, much better than so many others are, unfortunately, for whom one wants to do something and yet seldom can. Our reception in London was decidedly friendly, surprisingly not only from followers and old friends [...] but also from total strangers who wanted to express their joy that we are safe and in England [...]". - "Freud arrived in London by train on 6 June 1938. His reputation had preceded him to the extent that the train had to be re-routed to another platform at Victoria, so as to avoid the enthusiastic attentions of the press. Freud was greatly heartened by the cordial welcome he received, although he wrote to friends of his sense of alienation resulting from the move and his concern over the worsening state of affairs in Europe. He was particularly anxious about four of his elderly sisters who remained in Vienna, for whom visas were being sought without success. Freud did not live long enough to know that they all perished in the camps" (Oxford DNB). - Slightly spotty; folds.


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To Stefan Zweig, about the Nobel Prize, Shakespeare, and his "Moses and Monotheism", thanking him for his letter and for the cutting from the Sunday Times, observing that his article is the declaration of a friend, noting his surprise to learn that he has been awarded the Nobel Prize on the promptings of the Vienna University, referring to the opposition to him when he was awarded the Frankfurt Goethe Prize in 1930, reproaching himself for expatiating during his visit on the contents of his Moses, instead of letting him talk about his work and plans, stating that Moses shall never see the light of day again, concluding in a postscript by asking him whether he is interested in the debate concerning the identity of Shakespeare, and admitting that he is virtually convinced that Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, was in fact Shakespeare. - Despite the views expressed by Freud here, "Der Mann Moses und die monotheistische Religion", his last completed book, was in fact published four years later, in 1939. Although nominated twelve times for the Nobel Prize for Medicine, Freud was never awarded that honour, the Nobel committee being of the opinion that his work was of no proven scientific value. Romain Rolland's nomination of him for the Literature Prize in 1936 was also unsuccessful. - Horizontal fold, some light creasing and slight damage to edges.


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Eigenh. Brief mit U. ("Sigm. Freud").
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Short but comprehensive letter to the Dutch writer and journalist Cornelis de Dood, about his just-published final work, "Moses and Monotheism". Freud apologizes for being unable to write more about Dood's "interesting letter", but his poor health will not permit to do so. He expresses his conviction that it is hard to believe that Moses found circumcision practiced among Jews, since all accounts indicated that the ritual was of Egyptian origin. - On headed paper.


Freud, Sigmund

Kabinettphotographie mit eigenh. U. ("Sigm. Freud").
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The classic photograph of Freud with cigar in hand, taken by his son-in-law, the photographer Max Halberstadt. - With the blind stamp of Max Halberstadt, Hamburg, on the mount; signed by Freud across the mount; mount browned and starting to chip. - Provenance: Acquired from Dr Robert Riggall of Northumberland House, a private mental asylum in north London, by a colleague, thence by family descent.


Freud, Sigmund

Eigenhändiger Brief mit Unterschrift „Ihr Freud“.
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To an „estimated friend“, his Vienna colleague, the British-Austrian historian and university professor Alfred Francis Pribram (1859-1942) replying to his postcard from Gastein, looking forward to his visit: „I want to sincerely emphasize your inention to visit me here in September before my departure to America […] Considering my many ailments I’m doing well and I’m enjoying my unusual idleness, only limited by the September appointment [...]“. - Pribram emigrated to England in 1939, having been active there for some time. He was a close friend to Sigmund Freud, Josef Redlich and Ludo Moritz Hartmann. Among his students were A. J. P. Taylor, the best-known British historian of the 20th century.


Freud, Sigmund

Eigenhändiger Brief mit Unterschrift „Ihr Freud“.
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To an „estimated friend“, his Vienna colleague, the British-Austrian historian and university professor Alfred Francis Pribram (1859-1942) about a protegé and the prospect of his own research institute: „Provided that it is your decision, I was asked to warmly recommend the young man whose plea you’re thus receiving. I’m doing so without objection as the attempt of a ‚protection‘ seems justified if it’s to his advantage. I know the family […] very well […] The city of Vienna will gift us with a construction site for a PSA [i. e. psychoanalysis] institute. However, we don’t have any money to build it. The Americans have money for all kinds of foolishness, but it would be illogical to expect them to care about analysis […]“. - Pribram emigrated to England in 1939, having been active there for some time. He was a close friend to Sigmund Freud, Josef Redlich and Ludo Moritz Hartmann. Among his students were A. J. P. Taylor, the best-known British historian of the 20th century.


Freud, Sigmund

Eigenhändiger Brief mit Unterschrift „Ihr Freud“.
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To an „estimated friend“, his Vienna colleague, the British-Austrian historian and university professor Alfred Francis Pribram (1859-1942): „Today I received the thanks of the Balog family by mail, which I immediately forwarded to the right address. In the meantime, I myself have passed the threshold between the 72nd and the 73rd year, but I don’t notice much difference. Hoping to see you again in summer […]“. - Pribram emigrated to England in 1939, having been active there for some time. He was a close friend to Sigmund Freud, Josef Redlich and Ludo Moritz Hartmann. Among his students were A. J. P. Taylor, the best-known British historian of the 20th century.


Freud, Sigmund

Eigenhändiger Brief mit Unterschrift „Ihr Freud“.
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Freud, Sigmund

Eigenhändige Postkarte mit Unterschrift „Freud“.
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Freud, Sigmund

Eigenhändige Briefkarte mit Unterschrift „Freud“.
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To an „estimated friend“, his Vienna colleague, the British-Austrian historian and university professor Alfred Francis Pribram (1859-1942) about his book on dream interpretation: „I just returned to Berlin the day before yesterday, I will hopefully be more productive for some time, and I was very happy to receive your regards. Seeing that your lectures are a great success doesn’t surprise me. I’m more surprised that you’re reading the Interpret[ation] of Dr[eams], a difficult book I haven’t touched for many years. Unfortunately I have to prepare its eigth edition right now, a task I’m postponing in vain hoping fate might be in my favour […]“. - Pribram emigrated to England in 1939, having been active there for some time. He was a close friend to Sigmund Freud, Josef Redlich and Ludo Moritz Hartmann. Among his students were A. J. P. Taylor, the best-known British historian of the 20th century.


Freud, Sigmund

Vier eigenh. Briefe und zwei eh. Post- bzw. Briefkarten.
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Amicable correspondence with a "dear friend", the historian Alfred Francis Pribram (1859-1942), mentioning an appointment before his departure for the U.S. (25 Aug. 1927), recommending a young man "whose request you herewith receive" (27 Feb. 1928), and communicating thanks from the Balog family (9 May 1928). The letter from 27 November 1928 is written after Pribram has left Vienna: "[...] There is something I dislike about your suggestion how to rectify the 'world order', that one ought to believe in reunion after death. My feeling is, whoever is no longer capable of such belief should not regret it. A few months ago I felt an impulse to make a public profession of non-faith. But why? I could not say. The result of this urge was a little book, 'The Future of an Illusion', a copy of which I have requested the publisher to send you. Not exactly for purposes of consolation, for which it is ill equipped, but because I love and esteem you as a friend. I can but give what I have [...]". - On October 28, 1829, Freud mentions his "Interpretation of Dreams": "[...] It comes as little surprise to me that your lectures are so successful. I am more amazed to learn that you are reading the 'Interpret[ation] of Dr[eams]', a difficult book which I have not touched in many years. Unfortunately I must at this very moment prepare an eighth edition and am vainly postponing the effort, ever hoping that Fortune will be kind to me in the meantime [...]". - Slight traces of handling, but well preserved on the whole.


Freud, Sigmund

Eigenh. Brief mit U.
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To Gilbert Perleberg from the Federation of the German Yorek Movement in New York. Freud states his great interest for the explanations of Hans Moser in the "Rundbrief" (circular), and is pleased to see that psychoanalysis arouses interest in this certain circle. Nevertheless Freud means to have found some mistakes in the essay, as he does not believe the problem of conscience holds a central position in his works. - On stationery with printed letterhead.


Freud, Sigmund

Albumblatt mit eigenh. Unterschrift unter montiertem Zeitschriftenbild.
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Freud, Sigmund

Portraitdruck mit eigenh. Unterschrift „Sigm. Freud | 1932“.
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Freud, Sigmund

Autograph letter signed ("Freud").
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Freud, Sigmund

Eigenh. Brief mit U.
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To the Austrian physician Hans Robicsek delivering a scathing criticism of his recent book "Sprache, Mensch und Mythos. Einführung in die Differentialanalyse der Sprache" ("Language, man and myth. Introduction to the differential analysis of language"): "I have read your interesting book very soon after its publication. Even though I understand that the jugdement of an individual person isn't crucial, I hold no reservations about conveying my impression to you. I found it to be quite witty, sometimes absorbing, but on the whole unconvincing and unacceptable. One fault that I see is that you don't engage critically with the objections that the readers must have. The spirit of certainty, even enthusiasm that your account breathes isn't engaging. I have to admit, though, that my judgement is somewhat devalued by the incompleteness of my knowledge in this field [...]". Hans Robicsek was a distant relative of the Austrian writer Hermann Bahr. In 1939 he migrated to the US, where he died in 1951. - On stationery with printed letterhead.


Freud, Sigmund

Eigenhändige Postkarte mit Unterschrift.
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Freud, Sigmund

Eigenh. Brief mit U. (Freud").
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In German, to "dear Mr. F. C.", likely a patient serving in the Austrian army, promising to continue his treatment after the war ("If you promise to acquit youself well until this wretched war is over, I vouch for satisfactory continuation and achievement of the goal"). Freud regrets not having known about his correspondent's deployment at the Polish city of Lublin, as he could have made his situation there much easier, being well acquainted with his former superior: "Wenn Sie mir versprechen sich gut zu halten, bis dieser elende Krieg überstanden ist, so verbürge ich mich noch immer für befriedigende Fortsetzung und Erreichung des Ziels. Hätte ich mehr Details von Ihrem Leben in Lublin gewußt, so wäre es mir nicht schwer geworden, Ihre Stellung dort viel angenehmer zu machen. Ihr nächster Vorgesetzter, der Oblt. Dr. Redlich [i. e. Dr. Heinz Redlich] ist mir gut bekannt. Ich kann nur bedauern, daß er nicht mehr Ihr Vorgesetzter sein wird [...]". - On headed stationery.


Freud, Sigmund

Eigenh. Brief mit U. ("Freud").
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Freud, Sigmund

Autograph draft letter signed ("Freud").
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Freud, Sigmund

Eigenh. Brief mit U. ("Freud").
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To the aspiring poet Arthur Fischer-Colbrie. Freud writes that he is not surprised by his friend's letter, nor by the news it contains, for he knows that Fischer's talent is boundless, but he also knows that Fischer has a highly developed imagination as well as a gift for exaggerated interpretations. Therefore, Freud inquires "what part of these successes is sober reality and what is beautiful wish-fulfilment" (transl.): "Ich würde durch die Nachrichten Deines Briefes gar nicht überrascht sein, traue ich doch Deinem Talent alles Mögliche zu. Aber ich kenne auch die Übermacht Deiner Phantasie u. Deine glänzende Darstellungsgabe. Willst Du mir darum mit wenig Worten Aufschluß geben was an diesen Erfolgen nüchterne Realität und was schöne Wunscherfüllung ist [...]". - On headed paper. In perfect condition.