Images From Jung’s “Red Book”

jungredbookA-page-from-the-The-Red-B-001During the first world war, Carl Jung embarked on an extended self-exploration he called his ‘confrontation with the unconscious’. At the heart of this exploration was “The Red Book,” a grand, illuminated volume which he created between 1914 and 1930, in which he developed the nucleus of his later theories. The book is a remarkable blend of calligraphy and art; an illuminated manuscript that bears comparison with “The Book of Kells” and William Blake. But while Jung considered “The Red Book” his most important work, only a handful of people have ever seen it. Finally, nearly 80 years after it was completed, it has been published in a facsimile edited by Jung historian Sonu Shamdasani and released by WW Norton (which promptly ran out of the first printing after a big story in the New York Times magazine). View a handful of the pages here.

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