The Black Books
More than ten years after the landmark publication of The Red Book, the most important unpublished work by C.G. Jung—The Black Books— appears.
In 1913, C.G. Jung started a self-experiment that he called his “confrontation with the unconscious”: an engagement with his fantasies, which he charted in a series of notebooks referred to as The Black Books. The Red Book drew on material recorded therein to 1916 but Jung continued to write in them for decades. The Black Books shed light on the elaboration of Jung’s personal cosmology and his attempts to embody insights from his self-investigation into his life and relationships. Magnificently presented, featuring a revelatory essay by Sonu Shamdasani, and both translated and facsimile versions of each notebook, The Black Books offers a unique portal into Jung’s mind and the origins of analytical psychology.
"Jung’s followers might not be a historical cult in their organizational dynamics, but there is something cultish about Jung’s legacy in a larger sense of the word, and the reverence of this magnificent publication is entirely in tune with it… Confirming the occult side of Jung, and the cultural importance of the esoteric in the twentieth century, for better or worse these ur-volumes are unmistakably Holy Books." — Phil Baker, Times Literary Supplement