[Item #62906] Five Copy-Books written by a little girl between the ages of seven-and-a-half and ten, with commentaries (5 Vols). Marie BONAPARTE.

Five Copy-Books written by a little girl between the ages of seven-and-a-half and ten, with commentaries (5 Vols)

London: Imago, (1950). First, Limited Edition. 4 octavo volumes, plus the later issued facsimile collection of the original copy books from Marie's childhood, in their gilt titled slipcase. 22cm x 17.5cm. Original green blue buckram with gilt spine titles; 284+396+416+329pp; illustrations & facsimiles (some folding). Number 47 of a limitation of 1030. A near fine set, clean, bright, and extremely handsome. Internally clean. A classic of juvenile psychology by Princess Marie Bonaparte (1882-1962), the prominent French psychologist, popularizer of psychoanalysis, disciple and patron of Sigmund Freud, amongst a wealth of other things; she negotiated with the Nazis to allow Jews to leave Vienna, she avidly delved into psychosexuality primarily as a therapeutic measure to deal with her own chequered and erratic sexual history. This collection of "Five Copy Books" includes the facsimiles of her own notebooks as a child, illustrating and attempting to interpret the root causes of the varioous traumas and neuroses that arose later in her life. Described as a generous and caring woman by the people who knew her (she was generally refered to as "Princess", both as an indication of her actual rank, and more generally as a pet name), her romantic and interpersonal relationships were all frought with confusion, desire, and contradictory impulses that she spent her life trying to understand. A fascinating artefact of self awareness, and a deft and insightful illustration of the inner struggles that plague every level of human society. Very scarce thus.

Price: $1,750.00

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