4.0 out of 5 starsgreat book, avoid misunderstanding
ByZoeon 25 June 2012
This is a book obviously created with great care. Very nice essays, useful for the understanding of the perception of the world and its images through time. It is very inclusive, you will find images such as the umbrella or the car, which takes it further than tradition. But beware! This is NOT a book where you will read about the meaning of ouroboros, or the ankh, or the celtic cross, etc., etc. The word archetypal in the subtitle is of great importance. If this is what you're looking for, than I would suggest: The Illustrated Signs and Symbols Sourcebook
The Book of Symbols: Reflections on Archetypal Images, is both well written and creatively illustrated. As a book it stands out from the crowd, especially these days, in its overall appearance with different coloured attractive book mark threads, much like the old religious books. It makes a handsome gift and adds grace and charm to any library.