Lot 7: Rare Sigmund Freud ALS Related to Sexual Issues
23rd January 2020
ALS in German, signed “Freud,” penned on the reverse of a 4 x 2 business card belonging to the recipient, his assistant, Dr. Paul Federn, January 2, 1909. In full (translated): "Mr. Riesz, aged 28, psychically and sexually impotent. Had with great difficulty an experience of coitus and agreed for a psychoanalysis with Dr. Steiner. Thank you for the time given to the patient. " In fine condition. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope, addressed in Freud's hand. Freud hypothesized the existence of libido, instinctual psychic energy that in psychoanalytic theory is derived from primitive biological urges. Federn became one of Freud's earliest followers after reading his Interpretation of Dreams; he later served as Freud's surrogate at conferences once the pioneering psychoanalyst was stricken with cancer in the 1920s. An extremely desirable letter, given its content directly related to Freud's psychosexual work.
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