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#215 - Sigmund Freud

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Freud offers “a preamble to your forthcoming publication,” helping promote psychoanalysis in America

Pioneering and highly influential founder of psychoanalysis (1856–1939) whose theories revolutionized the understanding of the human psyche. ALS in German, signed “Freud,” one page, 5.5 x 9, personal letterhead, August 31, 1929. Letter to Dr. Dorian Feigenbaum, in full (translated): “I will be very pleased writing for you a preamble to your forthcoming publication. This introduction shall contain nothing more than remarks regarding the way this is studied in America and also a confirmation that the source for competent and pertinent information shall come from you and your team. I shall write this in German and it will be up to you making arrangements for translation.” In fine condition, with a paperclip impression to top edge.

Upon meeting Otto Gross, the counterculture icon and maverick disciple of Freud, in the army during the First World War, Dorian Feigenbaum went on to be analyzed by and train under the controversial psychoanalyst. After six years working as a psychiatrist in Switzerland, he moved to Palestine, where he served as a psychiatric adviser to the government; from there he traveled to America and joined the New York Psychoanalytic Society. Despite Freud’s falling out with Feigenbaum’s mentor, he gladly accepted the doctor’s request to write an introduction for a special issue of The Medical Review of Reviews. When it was published in 1930, it appeared with Freud’s invigorating words, ending, ‘It is to be hoped that works of the kind that Dr. Feigenbaum intends to publish in his Review will be a powerful encouragement to the interest in psycho-analysis in America.’ A rare handwritten letter from the field’s founding father, helping promote international interest in his colleagues’—and his own—work. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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