London: Hurst and Blackett, Limited, 1904. 8vo. xiv, 300 pp., including half-title, plus 4 pages publisher’s advertisements. FIRST EDITION. Publisher’s brown cloth. Inscribed “To Dr. Beddoe from the author, January 1904.”. Item #12167
First edition of an interesting study of the various psychological, social and hereditary factors that may have an influence on genius. The study of this was one of Ellis’ pet projects. Dr. John Beddoe was a Crimean war surgeon and author of books on British race.
English psychologist, author, and son of a sea-captain, Ellis (1859-1939) traveled extensively in Australia and South America before studying medicine at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London. He never practiced medicine, but instead devoted himself to the scientific study of sex. Ellis was responsible for coining the term “auto-eroticism;” although a contemporary of Freud, he objected to Freud’s application of adult sexual terms to infants, trying rather to de-mystify human sexuality. His increasing concern with sexual matters let to Studies in the Psychology of Sex, which appeared in seven volumes over thirty-one years.