CG Jung : The Red Book ~ Liber Novus

The Red Book, also known as Liber Novus (Latin for A New Book), is a 205-page manuscript written and illustrated by Swiss psychologist Carl Gustav Jung which was not published or shown to the public until 2009.

Until 2001, his heirs denied scholars access to the book, which he began after a fall out with Sigmund Freud in 1913. Jung originally titled the manuscript Liber Novus (literally meaning A New Book in Latin), but it was informally known and published as The Red Book. The book is written in calligraphic text and contains many illuminations.

Carl Jung's The Red Book is considered to be the most influential unpublished work in the history of psychology.

When Carl Jung embarked on an extended self-exploration he called his confrontation with the unconscious, the heart of it was 'The Red Book', a large, illuminated volume he created between 1914 and 1930. Here he developed his principle theories—of the archetypes, the collective unconscious, and the process of individuation—that transformed psychotherapy from a practice concerned with treatment of the sick into a means for higher development of the personality.

While Jung considered The Red Book to be his most important work, only a handful of people have ever seen it. Now, in a complete facsimile and translation, it is available to scholars and the general public. It is an astonishing example of calligraphy and art on a par with The Book of Kells and the illuminated manuscripts of William Blake. This publication of The Red Book is a watershed that will cast new light on the making of modern psychology.

The process of digitally capturing "The Red Book" was done by DigitalFusion.

Download "The Red Book" Liber Novus by Carl Gustav Jung (PDF)

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Kyle @ Slimdizzy said...

Wow! This is an incredible resource. I had no idea this Red Book by Carl Jung even existed. Thank you for posting.

Anonymous said...

Waht an incredible gift to the world! Thank you for making this possible!

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