Freud, Sigmund. Über den Bau der Nervenfasern und Nervenzellen beim Flusskrebs.

Vienna, Sitzungsberichte der Kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1882.

8vo. 38 pp. Original wrappers. Stored in custom-made black half morocco case.


First edition of this very rare pamphlet: Freud's only fifth own publication, offprint from vol. LXXXV, 3rd Dept., January issue. Inscribed and signed on the upper wrapper cover to his schoolfriend, the chemist Josef Herzig: "Seinem lieben Freunde Dr. Jozef Herzig | dVerf.".

"In this paper on the nerve cells of river crayfish, Freud was the first to demonstrate conclusively that the axes of nerve fibers are without exception fibrillary in structure [...] in this and his earlier researches Freud recognized that nerve cells and fibers were a single unit, thus paving the way for the neuron theory a number of years before Waldeyer-Hartz announced it in 1891. Freud had in fact stated as much in a lecture before the Psychiatric Society in 1882" (Norman).

Wrappers slightly duststained, otherwise a perfect, uncut copy from the collection of the psychoanalyst and bibliophile Haskell Field Norman (1915-96) with his bookplate to inside front cover; acquired from a Belgian private collection.

Meyer-Palmedo/Fichtner 79. Grinstein 5. Stanford 5. Norman F5 (this copy).

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