Thursday, February 11, 2010

Carl Jung's Red Book

The Library has just purchased the complete facsimile edition of Carl Jung's The Red Book, or Liber Novus.
When Carl Jung embarked on the extended self-exploration he called his 'confrontation with the unconscious', he also created "The Red Book", a large, illuminated volume compiled between 1914 and 1930. Here he developed his principal theories - of the archetypes, the collective unconscious and the process of individuation - that transformed psychotherapy from a practice concerned with treatment of the sick into a means for higher development of the personality.
While Jung considered "The Red Book" to be his most important work, only a handful of people have ever seen it. Now, it has been published as a very large complete facsimile with translation by W. W. Norton. As a work of art, the book contains beautiful and intricate paintings and calligraphy, much like a Medieval illuminated manuscript.