Inscribed by the author

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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