Carl Jung’s Red Book

Book1For the first time ever, Carl Jung’s Red Book is going on display at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York. This magnificent volume is a genuine illuminated manuscript created by Jung over 16 years.

A hardbound copy of the book has been published by W.W. Norton, and it’s available on Amazon for the rather surprisingly low price of $105 (down from the retail price of $195).  I’m not sure from the description and reviews if the edition is a true facsimile–instead, it seems to provide the words of the text and some of the illustrations and accompany them with translated text. Frankly, I’m not sure how I feel about this. In going through the monumental task of creating such a manuscript (and admittedly I say this without having read the book itself), I’m quite sure that Jung believed that the content of the book was meant to be experienced as a manuscript.

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