Sigmund Freud

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Sigmund Freud

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Auction Date:2017 Oct 11 @ 18:00 (UTC-5 : EST/CDT)
Location:236 Commercial St., Suite 100, Boston, Massachusetts, 02109, United States
ALS - Autograph Letter Signed
ANS - Autograph Note Signed
AQS - Autograph Quotation Signed
AMQS - Autograph Musical Quotation Signed
DS - Document Signed
FDC - First Day Cover
Inscribed - “Personalized”
ISP - Inscribed Signed Photograph
LS - Letter Signed
SP - Signed Photograph
TLS - Typed Letter Signed
ALS in German, signed “Freud,” one page both sides, 9 x 11.25, personal letterhead, April 2, 1933. Freud writes to pioneering South African psychoanalyst Dr. Wulf Sachs with a commendation for a series of lectures the latter intends to publish, describing them as (translated) “an instructive and valuable introduction into the science of psychoanalysis, which is so hard to depict,” noting that this recommendation is available for publicity purposes. On Sachs’s reports of difficulties, Freud is not at all surprised, writing, “Why should it be different in South Africa from elsewhere?” He goes on to make a number of specific comments on the manuscript, particularly in regard to Sachs’s presentation of the anal stage (“That I describe the anal character before libido development is not correct”), and to the presentation of the Oedipus complex, noting that whilst childhood passions are as a general rule openly voiced, oedipal emotions tend to be unconscious only after their renewal during puberty, adding a further note about the development of consciousness with a warning against drawing conclusions from brain anatomy, and concluding with warm wishes on the endeavors of Sachs and his colleagues. In very good to fine condition, with general handling wear, and old clear tape repair to splitting along intersecting folds.

Sachs published a textbook in 1934 entitled Psycho-Analysis: Its Meaning and Practical Applications, which carried a foreword authored by Freud. His key work, however, was Black Hamlet (1937), a groundbreaking psychoanalytical biography of a black Zimbabwean traditional healer named John Chavafambira. Freud had developed the psychoanalytic concept of the 'Oedipus complex' in 1910, and it became one of the best-known elements of his work. A significant letter by the pioneering psychoanalyst.