Inscribed by the author: "Hommage de l'auteur"

Freud, Sigmund. Ueber die Berechtigung, von der Neurasthenie einen bestimmten Symptomencomplex als "Angstneurose" abzutrennen.

Leipzig, Veit & Comp., 1895.

8vo. 16 pp. No wrappers, stored in marbled half calf folder. Inscribed by the author.


First printing of this important early Freud work, an offprint from the "Neurologisches Centralblatt" (1895.2). Inscribed by the author on the first page: "Hommage de l'auteur".

"Freud's first independent entry into the field of psychopathology. Having recognized the etiological link between hysterical symptoms and earlier traumatic sexual experiences, Freud was curious as to what part sexual-etiological factors played in the other forms of neurosis, then loosely grouped together under Beard's overly broad category of 'neurasthenia'. Defining a closely related group of symptoms under the term 'anxiety neurosis', Freud proposed detaching this symptom complex from neurasthenia. He also described the sexual etiologies of both genuine neurasthenia (inadequate relief of sexual tension) and anxiety neurosis (no relief from an unbearable amount of sexual excitement)" (Norman).

Some light staining and browning with insignificant edge flaws. Provenance: from the collection of the psychoanalyst and bibliophile Haskell Field Norman (1915-96) with his bookplate on the lower inside cover of the half calf folder; acquired from a Belgian private collection.


Meyer-Palmedo/Fichtner 1895b. Grinstein 39. Stanford 20. Norman F31 (this copy).

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