Item #1959 Psychopatia Sexualis. Eine Klinisch-Forensische Studie. Richard von Krafft-Ebing.
The Founding Work of Modern Sexology

Psychopatia Sexualis. Eine Klinisch-Forensische Studie.

Stuttgart: Ferdinand Enke, 1886. First edition. Gilt spine, tinted edges. In somewhat later half leather binding. VIII 110 [2] p. Spine rubbed, with shelf mark. Pages yellowed due to aging. Shelf mark and library stamp on free endpaper. Further library stamps on title page, p. V, 1, 21, 63, 110, [1] and back pastedown. Overall in very good condition.

First edition of the founding work of modern sexology, Psychopatia Sexualis.

Krafft-Ebing’s (1840–1902) present work marks the birth of modern sexology.

“Austrian psychiatrist Richard von Krafft-Ebing is primarily known as the founding father of sexology. His Psychopathia Sexualis is widely accepted to be the foundational work for the scientific study of human sexuality, a field still in its infancy at the end of the nineteenth century. Psychopathia Sexualis offers an overview of both sexological physiology and psychology and is of groundbreaking importance for the origin of the modern scientific research domain of sexological pathology as an autonomous discipline. Krafft-Ebing’s ‘bible of psychopathology’ evolved from a collection of forty-five clinical vignettes in its first edition (1886) into an extensive collection of two-hundred thirty-eight case histories in its final, posthumously published edition (1903)” (De Vleminck, 2017)

Extremely scarce, WorldCat couldn’t trace any copies in institutional holding of this first edition.

Literature: J. De Vleminck: Sadism and Masochism on the Procrustean Bed of Hysteria: From Psychopathia Sexualis to Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality. In: Psychoanalysis and History. Volume 19, No. 3, December 2017. Pp. 379–406.


Price: €8,000.00

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