The Interpretation of Dreams: The Illustrated Edition by Sigmund Freud, Jeffrey Masson (ed) [$45.00]
This edition of Sigmund Freud's landmark tome is as much an elaborate art book as it is a guide to dream-interpretation. Which is appropriate, since Freud's groundbreaking investigation of the subconscious had a profound and lasting impact on the visual arts. Surrealist masterpieces, contemporary artworks, and works by "pre-Freudean" artists who anticipated Freud's themes, are beautifully reproduced in this volume. Unique to this edition are a series of cleverly "hidden" essays -- tucked away inside two-page artwork throughout the book -- in which Freud scholar Jefferey Moussaieff Masson explains (and sometimes muses) over the book's major concepts while also scrutinizing the limitations, errors, and contradictions of Freud's work.