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The most influential unpublished work in the history of psychology.
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.
It will now be possible to study Jung’s self-experimentation through primary documentation rather than fantasy, gossip and speculation, and to grasp the genesis of his later work. For nearly a century, such a reading has simply not been possible, and the vast literature on his life and work has lacked access to the single most important document. This publication opens the possibility of a new era in understanding Jung’s work. It provides a unique window into how he recovered his soul and constituted a psychology. It is possibly the most influential hitherto unpublished work in the history of psychology.
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.
"This is a volume that will be treasured by the confirmed Jungian or by admirers of beautifully made books or by those with a taste for philosophical allegory." — Michael Dirda, The Washington Post
"For Christmas I'd like Carl Jung's The Red Book." — Talitha Stevenson, Books of the Year 2013, The Observer
"I was amazed... by the illustrations Carl Gustav Jung made for The Red Book, which is considered the holy grail of the unconscious." — W Magazine
"...for such an arcane work [The Red Book] is generating quite a buzz... publishing The Red Book opens a new era in understanding Jung's work. It is a unique window on the construction of one of the world's most influential psychologies." — New Scientist
"The book is witness to a rare dedication to psychological research, and a prodigious curiosity. More crucially, at a time when the limits of materialism are being tested and found wanting, Jung's confidence in a spiritual dimension to human consciousness must have a renewed appeal. For this, the book deserves attention, especially when established religious models are fading in popularity and the search for a meaningful life seems to have become increasingly urgent and elusive." — Sally Vickers, The Times