‎Fundamental Psychological Conceptions. A Report of Five Lectures, given under the auspices of the Institute of Medical Psychology, Melet Place, London, W.C.1. September 30 - October 4, 1935. [Next leaf: Edited by Mary Barker and Margaret Game for the Analytical Psychology Club London].‎

‎London, (Duplicated by the Belsize Typewriting Bureau), 1936. 4to. Stitched mimeographed typescript bound in the original green half cloth with a bit of wear to extremities. Printed on rectos only, on wove paper watermarked "WEMCO". A bit of minor brwonspotting, but overall nice and clean. Early ownership inscription to front thee end-paper: "K. Armstrong/ 69 Ridgmount Gardens/ W.C.1."). (3), iii, 235, (1) ff. + f. 89a (being an illustrated leaf). Illustrations in the text, after drawings by Jung, several of them full-page. Extremely scarce first printing, pre-publication mimeographed typescript "printed as manuscript for private circulation only" (p. i), nr. 84 (number inserted by hand at the bottom of p. i) out of no more than 150 copies at the most. <br><br>A highly interesting privately published typescript of Jung's London Lectures, the so-called "Tavistock Lectures", which were not actually published until 1968 under the title "Analytical Psychology: Its theory and Practise. The Tavistock Lectures", and which were substantially edited and altered, resulting for instance in the fact that Jung's ruder remarks to the prominent British psychiatrists and psychologists were taken out. Apart from that, the correspondence around the editing of the text shows that the question of tampering with Jung's "holy writ" resulted in great discussions. <br><br>Already during the earliest decades of the 20th century, the work and lectures of the great Swiss psychologist and founder of analytical psychology, Carl Gustav Jung, had awoken interest in England, and when in 1935 he gave his important lectures on the structure of the unconscious mind, the contents of the unconscious and on the methods used in the investigation of these (i.e. the London Lectures), he was indeed very famous and admired by many. However, the seminars that he moderated (19 in all between 1923 and 1941, most of them in German) were private, and up until 1948 there was no formal Jungian training institute; one could only really learn from the master himself, by participating in his seminars. The attendance, however, was very restricted. It was "by invitation only", and not very many were invited. During the seminar, a transcription of the lectures, of Jung's comments and the exchanges with the students was made and then privately printed, in numbered (by hand) copies that were distributed to the participants and a few "insiders" only, thus the strict statement on p. 1: "This report is printed as manuscript for private circulation only. The copyright belongs to Professor Jung and no part of the Report can be quoted for publication without his express permission." It is not known exactly how many copies of the "London Lectures" were thus mimeographically printed, but it is known that the corresponding typescripts of the early 20'ies seminars were printed in 100 copies and that the number went up during the years, resulting in about 150 copies for the final three seminars that date from the very late 30'ies-very early 40'ies. <br><br>The present London or Tavistock Lectures are fundamental for Jungian psychology. He states himself that he wishes to give an outline of certain fundamental conceptions of psychology and then goes on to explain the he will mainly deal with the structure of the unconscious mind, the contents of the unconscious, and the method used in the investigation of contents originating in the unconscious psychological process. It is held that it is in the present lectures that Jung introduces the subject of archetypes and the collective unconscious. "The Tavistock Lectures. 5 lectures which Jung delivered to English medical doctors in 1935. This book is an excellent introduction to Jung's theory, as he assumed no prior knowledge on the part of the audience. As Joseph Campbell put it in Book World, "This, surely, is the most lucid, simple and orderly introduction to the basic principles and methods of the Jungian science of the psyche that has yet been offered to the public." (Preface to the first printed version of the text, 1968).‎

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