View Full Version : Liber Novus

David Guyatt
07-25-2013, 03:37 PM
An mp3 introduction by Dr. Lance Owens lasting approx: 20 minutes:


Subsequent lectures available HERE (http://gnosis.org/redbook/).

Magda Hassan
07-26-2013, 02:55 AM
Nothing would compete with the real thing but it is good to see it has been scanned and now available electronically which is great for those who cannot afford the real thing or want to see first before buying.

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 between approximately 1914 and 1930, 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 falling-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.

Publication and display

Until 2001, Jung's heirs refused to permit publication of the book and did not allow scholars access to it. Until September 2009, only about two dozen people had seen it. Historian Sonu Shamdasani, an employee of the Jung heirs and their advisor in the handling of unpublished Jung material, and Stephen Martin, a Jungian analyst, created the Philemon Foundation in order to facilitate publication of Jung's works.

Ulrich Hoerni, Jung's grandson and manager of the Jung archives, decided to publish it after three years of persuasion by Shamdasani. W. W. Norton & Company was preparing an edition of the Red Book in its original German, with English translation and extensive footnoting. In 2007, DigitalFusion scanned it, one-tenth of a millimeter at a time, with a 10,200-pixel scanner. It was published on 7 October 2009.

David Guyatt
07-26-2013, 07:08 AM
Brilliant find Magda!

I would never have thought the book would be made available digitally and online and able to be read for free. It is a hugely expensive book to buy in hard copy (over £120!), although it is very rewarding if you're able to purchase it.

Here are a couple of the pictures from the book: