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Freud, Sigmund.
TYPED LETTER SIGNED ("PROF. FREUD"), IN GERMAN, TO THE GERMANIST PIETER SMINK ("SEHR GEEHRTER HERR") 

about his work "massenpsychologie und ich-analyse", discussing a proposed Dutch translation, asking him to write to his publisher for the conditions, requesting that he inform him of the name of the intended translator, as he cannot authorise a translation by somebody he does not know, and suggesting, finally, that he approach Dr J. van Emden in the Hague, who can either supply a translator or report on the one chosen by him  

...Der Autorisation wegen wollen Sie mir den Namen des Uebersetzers nennen, dem Sie die Aufgabe übertragen XXXXXX werden. Einer mir ganz unbekannten Person kann ich keine Autorisation geben... 

1 page, 8vo (223 x 150mm.), later manuscript annotation in pencil, Vienna, 27 August 1924, split along horizontal fold, creasing, a few tiny tears to lower edge, browning, two small stains


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Freud's work on group psychology and the analysis of the ego, Massenpsychologie und Ich-Analyse, was first published in Zurich in 1921. Partly motivated by observations made during the First World War, it underlines "the leader of the group's central role and demonstrates that group cohesiveness derives from the fact that the members share a common ego-ideal or superego". The typing errors in the letter suggest that it was Freud himself who typed it. 

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