Red Book: Liber Novus by C.G. Jung. Edited by Sonu Shamdasani. Translated by Sonu Shamdasani, John Peck and Mark Kyburz. Preface by Ulrich Hoerni. W. W. Norton & Company. Philemon Series. Published in arrangement with the Foundation of the Works of C.G.Jung-Zurich. (2009). Second printing. Number line staring at 2. ISBN-13: 978-0393065671. 12" x 2" x 16" Hardcover with dust jacket. DUST JACKET: Light edge wear and rubbing. Some light surface scratches and gouges - nothing breaking the surface ink. Otherwise, no unusual folds or creases. No tears. No missing pieces. No clips. Not price-clipped. BOOK: Cloth cover. Bright gilt lettering on spine. It looks like a small gouge at the base of the spine, not breaking the cloth. No previous owner markings. No tears, folds or creases to pages. Binding is tight with no looseness to pages. Not ex-library, not remaindered and not a facsimile reprint. For sale by Jon Wobber, bookseller since 1978. CL17b OVERSIZE.
The years… when I pursued the inner images, were the most important time of my life. Everything else is to be derived from this. It began at that time, and the later details hardly matter anymore. My entire life consisted in elaborating what had burst forth from the unconscious and flooded me like an enigmatic stream and threatened to break me. That was the stuff and material for more than only one life. Everything later was merely the outer classification, scientific elaboration, and the integration into life. But the numinous beginning, which contained everything, was then."- C.G. Jung
From 1914 until 1930, C. G. Jung recorded, revised, rewrote, recopied and painstakingly illustrated what he considered “the numinous beginning” from which all the rest of his work derived. “The Red Book,” or as Jung called it, “Liber Novus,” consisted of some 200 parchment pages of meticulous calligraphy and visionary paintings collected into a huge folio bound in red leather. While its content, either whole or in part, was made available to a handful of colleagues and patients, its publication was postponed until now, nearly 50 years after his death, because Jung feared the book’s potential impact on his reputation. After all, anyone who read it might conclude what Jung himself first suspected: that the great doctor had lost his mind. - another seller's blurb