New York, NY: Philemon Series / W. W. Norton & Company, ( 2009 ). First Edition - Third Printing. Hardcover. Elephant folio. (13 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches), xvi + 372pp. Original red cloth with gilt titling to spine. A full-colour facsimile, with commentary and translation, of Jung's extraordinary "Red Book", effectively a massive, beautifully-constructed illuminated manuscript, in which for over a quarter century he explored his inner most thoughts and developed his theories and philosophies. From the publisher: "The years, of which I have spoken to you, when I pursued the inner images, were the most important time of my life. Everything else is to be derived from this. It began at that time, and the later details hardly matter anymore. My entire life consisted in elaborating what had burst forth from the unconscious and flooded me like an enigmatic stream and threatened to break me. ..."
These are the words of the psychologist C. G. Jung in 1957, referring to the decades he worked on The Red Book from 1914 to 1930. Although its existence has been known for more than eighty years, The Red Book was never published or made available to the wide audience of Jung's students and followers. Nothing less than the central book of Jung's oeuvre, it is being published now in a full facsimile edition with a contextual essay and notes by the noted Jung scholar Sonu Shamdasani and translated by Mark Kyburz, John Peck, and Sonu Shamdasani.
This exact facsimile of The Red Book reveals not only an extraordinary mind at work but also the hand of a gifted artist and calligrapher. Interspersed among more than two hundred lovely illuminated pages are paintings whose influences range from Europe, the Middle East, and the Far East to the native art of the new world. The Red Book, much like the handcrafted "Books of Hours" from the Middle Ages, is unique. Both in terms of its place in Jung's development and as a work of art, its publication is a landmark." A bright clean, near-Fine copy in VG+ dust jacket (the back panel of the jacket has some scratches and light marks, there is a little fading, although it is not quite as dramatic as in the accompanying photograph, which the camera seems to have accentuated. A huge heavy volume. Sorry, no overseas shipping due to the great weight of the book, shipping within US to be charged at cost. Item #70428