The Origins of Psychoanalysis: Books from the Library of Ernest Jones

The exhibition is open from 10am to 5pm on 6-9 April 2016, at Sotheby’s, 1334 York Avenue, New York. 


Bernard Quaritch will be exhibiting highlights from their forthcoming catalogue The Origins of Psychoanalysis: Books from the Library of Ernest Jones at Sotheby’s New York between Wednesday 6 April and Saturday 9 April.

Ernest Jones – ‘the Huxley […] to Freud’s Darwin’ – is remembered as the man who introduced psychoanalysis to Britain; founded the London Psychoanalytical Society; and persuaded Britain to offer Sigmund Freud sanctuary from the Nazis and effected his escape from Austria.

A neurologist by training, Jones (1879-1958) was introduced to Freud in 1908 by Carl Gustav Jung. The two men began a correspondence about all matters of the mind that would last thirty years until Freud’s death and, while establishing a career in Toronto, Jones promoted Freud’s theories across North America and co-founded the American Psychoanalytic Association in 1911. Upon his return to London, in reaction to the rift between Freud and Jung, Jones formed ‘Freud’s bodyguards’ – the famous ‘Inner Circle’, which would protect psychoanalysis from destructive influences.

Throughout his life, Jones was a prolific and influential writer and editor: in 1913 he published Papers on Psychoanalysis, the first account of psychoanalytic theory and practice in English by a practising analyst; in 1920 he founded the International Journal of Psychoanalysis; and in 1921 he established the International Psychoanalytic Library. During the 1930s Jones would play a key role in helping analysts to escape from Fascist Europe and he founded the Ernest Jones Rehabilitation Fund in 1938 – the same year that he enabled Freud’s immigration to Britain through his personal friendship with the Home Secretary, Sir Samuel Hoare.

This collection comprises important volumes from Jones’s core library, including works given or inscribed to Jones by Sigmund Freud, Anna Freud, C.G. Jung, and others. It includes Freud’s first monograph Zur Auffassung der Aphasien (1891, one of 257 copies), which prefigured the Freudian slip, Freud and Breuer’s Studien über Hysterie (1895), the ‘starting-point of psychoanalysis’, and a rare first edition of Freud’s landmark Die Traumdeutung (1900, one of 600 copies). Jones’ annotations in these volumes mark the development of ideas through his dialogue with Freud, which inspired some important changes in Freud’s works.

This collection documenting the history of psychoanalysis is a rare survival, and the most important of its kind to be offered on the market in recent years.

Please contact Anke Timmermann or Mark James for further details.

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