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So, why then publish, and why purchase, a "Reader's Edition"? Why is the this edition important, even essential?
Because the text of "Liber Novus" (as Jung formally titled his "Red Book") is really more important than the art. Jung experienced and recorded his visions and then composed his draft manuscript of Liber Novus before beginning on the art. The art and calligraphy came later, they were composed over the following 16 years or so. The text - compiled principally between 1914 and 1915, with a last section added in 1917 - is Jung's primary record of his extraordinary odyssey across the threshold of consciousness, and into the heart of mythopoetic vision. As he said: "This inner world is truly infinite, in no way poorer than the outer one. Man lives in two worlds." This is the journal of Jung's exploration of the inner world - and it ranks as one of the most important journeys of exploration in the record of human exploration. Dr. Shamdasani, who spent thirteen years editing Liber Novus for publication, has strongly suggested that one should read the text before even looking at the images. I agree.Read more ›
The Red Book by Jung, Carl Gustav(Author)Hardcover is a beautifully produced facsimile of writings, drawings and journals that Jung transcribed from his dreams and fantasies at a time described as his "confrontation with the unconscious" in Memories, Dreams, Reflections (Flamingo). These are all beautifully presented and have the look of a Medieval book transcribed by monks, printed on quality paper. There are also introductions, translations and notes on the text by the editors.
Yet, for all the beauty and care putting this book out, it probably always will be a specialist's book. Firstly because of the price- though sales suggest this has been less of a problem for Jung enthusiasts. The other main problem is one of practicality. The volume is slightly larger than A3 size and possibly 2 inches/ 5 centimeters (approx) thick which makes it cumbersome and physically difficult to read, apart from on a large lectern or table. It also makes cross-reading the pages containing translations, and looking at notes and the introduction difficult. After borrowing it, I decided not to buy this edition for that reason , though remained fascinated,.Read more ›
Disappointing for any readers hoping for a pocket edition to enjoy in all it's glory but on a reduced scale. Instead readers are no longer treated, but will be very sorely let down and will only experience a fraction of the pleasure of the larger, more beautiful edition which has received so many glowing reviews, here and elsewhere.
Avoid disappointment, and avoid this edition! It simply is not the same without the vivid colours and designs lending, rather than detracting, from the wonder that was Carl Jung.
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This is exactly what it says it is: a readers version of Liber Novus. After purchasing the huge book, I bought this specifically so I could comfortably take The Red Book with me... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mr. Nm Burns
This is one of those absolute enigmas of a book where, as you’re reading it, you find yourself lost within the reality that exists deep within someone’s own mind, and not just... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Woosh
Oh my word ....what an entanglement of themes that underly the consciousness...allegedly.
Not really what I expected. Jungs other books are way more informative and easier to read. This is more of a book you dip in and out of.Published 16 months ago by Sofia
The source of much of Jung's knowledge was his own mind, and his 'dream' encounters with those figures he called 'the archetypes'. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Paige Turner