Inscribed and signed to the parents of Lucian Freud

Freud, Sigmund. Das Unbehagen in der Kultur.

Vienna, Internationaler Psychoanalytischer Verlag, 1930.

8vo. 136 pp. Yellow original cloth in modern half calf slipcase with giltstamped spine title.


First edition of Freud's famous study known in English as "Civilization and Its Discontents", inscribed and signed by the author to his son Ernst, an architect, and Ernst's wife, the classical scholar Lucie (Lux), née Brasch (the parents of Lucian Freud): "Seinen lieben Kindern Ernst u Lux / vom Verf.".

Provenance: from the collection of the Austro-British photographer and cinematographer Wolfgang Suschitzky, whose family had known the Freuds in Vienna and who later, after his emigration to London, lived near the Freud Museum in Maresfield Gardens. Passed by descent to his son, the cinematographer Peter Suschitzky, whose works include the David Cronenberg film "A Dangerous Method" about the affair between C. G. Jung and Sabina Spielrein. Latterly in a Belgian private collection.

Occasional light duststaining the original cloth binding, interior in excellent condition. The elegant blue and black half calf slipcase is signed by the Franco-American bookbinder Paul Bélard.

Copies of Freud's works inscribed to his children are of the utmost rarity: the Freud Museum London owns just a single specimen, inscribed to his daughter Anna.


Meyer-Palmedo/Fichtner 1930 a. Grinstein 10619.