TOTEM AND TABOO: RESEMBLANCES BETWEEN THE PSYCHIC LIVES OF SAVAGES AND NEUROTICS
Book Details + Condition: Moffat, Yard and Company (New York, NY). First English translation, 1918. Hardcover with blue cloth boards, gilt to spine. 265 pages. Controversial within the anthropological community, Freud's work on totemic religion within indigenous cultures (mainly the Australian Aborigines) was originally published in German in 1913. This volume is introduced and translated into English by A.A. Brill. Chapters include "The Savage's Dread of Incest," "Taboo and the Ambivalence of Emotions," "Animism, Magic and the Omnipotence of Thought," and "The Infantile Recurrence of Totemism," which speculates on early humans using some of Charles Darwin's theories. Firm binding; rubbed corners and edges; vintage bookseller stamp on inside front board; interior is clean and free of markings.