First UK Edition in the Rare Dust Jacket
FREUD, Sigmund. BRILL, A.A. Wit and its relation to the Unconscious. Authorized English edition, with introduction by A. A. Brill. London: T. Fisher Unwin LTD , 1916.
First UK edition, from the American sheets. In the rare first issue dust jacket with blurbs and price of "12s. 6d. net". Octavo (8 1/8 x 5 1/2 inches; 207 x 140 mm). vii, [3], [1]-388, [2, blank] pp. We could find no copies of any edition in English in over 30 years, and only one copy of this edition at a library (British Library).

Publisher's full blue cloth. Front board ruled iand lettered in blue. Spine lettered in gilt. Top edge dyed black. Bottom edge uncut. Some minor rubbing to head and tail of spine. Some minor wrinkling to cloth of front board. Some toning to free endpapers. A small bookseller label on front pastedown. Otherwise a very clean copy. In Publisher's first issue dust jacket. Jacket with some chipping along top and bottom edge. Jacket spine toned and chipped, just barely touching lettereing. Jacket splitting along creases, with some minor tape reinforcement. Still a very good copy in the scarce dust jacket.

"Freud thought that jokes revealed something important that we might not want to consider directly. He saw in this joke the problem of what determines the truth and how truth is affected by who tells it to whom" (Sigmund Freud: Conflict & Culture-Library of Congress)

"With the Interpretation of Dreams and Psychopathology of Everyday Life, Professor Freud has definitely bridged the gulf between normal and abnormal mental states by demonstrating that dreams and faulty acts like some forms of forgetting, slips of the tongue, slips of reading, writing, etc., are closely allied to psychopathological states and represent the prototypes of such abnormal mental conditions as neurotic symptoms, hallucinations, and deliria. He also shows that all these productions are senseful and purposive, and that their strange and peculiar appearance is due to distortions produced by various psychic processes. These views are confirmed in the present volume, where it is demonstrated that wit, which belongs to ęsthetics, is subject to the same laws, shows the same mechanism, and serves the same tendencies as the other psychic productions. With his wonted profundity and ingenuity the author adds the solution of wit to those of the neuroses, dreams, and psychopathological acts." (From the Translator's Preface).

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