The Red Book Hours
Discovering C.G. Jung's Art Mediums and Creative Process
A unique study of and reference work on Carl Gustav Jung’s monumental Red Book (Liber Novus)
1st edition, 2018
452 pages, 545 color and 22 b/w illustrations
24 x 30 cm
In 1913, psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and theorist Carl Gustav Jung (1875–1961) experienced powerful visions, often terrifying. However, seeing their great potential value he found ways to encourage further visions and fantasies. Over many years, he recorded his experiences in a series of small journals, added commentaries and transcribed them, using calligraphy and illuminations, into a large, red, leather-bound volume, commonly known as The Red Book. Jung never published the Liber Novus, as he called this pivotal part of his oeuvre, and left no instructions for its final disposition, and it therefore remained unpublished until recently.
The large format, leather-bound volume of The Red Book Hours complements the facsimile edition and English-language translation of The Red Book, published in 2009, and draws out insights into Jung’s affinity with art as a means of personal insight. Psychologist and multimedia artist Jill Mellick documents copious research into Jung’s choices regarding media and technique and his careful design of environments in which he could experience creative processes and allow unconscious content to flow forth. Her unlikely journey includes explorations of memory, serendipity, and science. A stunning interplay of texts and images includes magnifications of the wildly colorful and intricately detailed sketches from The Red Book and a selection of Jung’s own pigments, never seen until now, The Red Book Hours presents a more comprehensive picture than ever before of the foundational psychoanalyst’s experience and expression of his rich inner world.
«The Red Book Hours est le complément indispensable à la compréhension de cette somme unique qui n’a pas d’équivalent dans la littérature occidentale du XXe siècle. En explorant les affinités de C.G. Jung avec les arts et les processus créatifs, allant jusqu’au détail de l’analyse des nombreux pigments que conservait le psychanalyste vivant au bord du lac de Zurich, Jill Mellick éclaire par ce riche travail présenté par cette belle édition, les recherches de Jung ayant abouti à la rédaction finale du célèbre Livre Rouge.» lexnews.fr
«After reading this book, The Red Book will certainly never be the same. Even Jung will not be the same; now we can really appreciate his impressive technique and immense capacity for focus, patience, and commitment. This book makes an invaluable contribution to understanding Jung and his work, apart from being a true pleasure for the eyes and the soul.» Lucia Azevedo, Jung Journal Culture & Psyche
«The Red Book Hours offer une image plus complète que jamais auparavant du vécu du psychanalyste fondateur et de l’expression de son riche monde intérieur.» Christian Raguet, Revue de Psychologie Analytique
«Jill Mellick has created a scholarly and stunningly beautiful book that speaks of her awe for, and research about Jung, and his creation of The Red Book. […] The Red Book Hours is a brilliant complement to the mysteries of The Red Book. » Janice Geller, The Journal of Transpersonal Psychology
«Jill Mellick’s outstanding, profound and generous work reveals and discloses for us some of the secrets of Jung’s Red Book. Her work is an original text that helps us to better understand a complex and stratified manuscript. It can be considered an important intellectual instrument for psychoanalysts, psychotherapists and scholars of related disciplines and also a precious source of inspiration for artists. » Marco D’Agostini, Le Simplegadi
«The Red Book Hours by Jill Mellick reads like a deep, rich tapestry, not only amplifying the styles and artistic techniques used by C.G. Jung in the Red Book, but explores Jung’s creative process and its relationship to spiritual and contemplative practices. […] Reading it invites anyone drawn to understanding Jung to take up their own pens, pencils, pastels, and art materials to play in the field of creative impulse, recognizing that soul-making is intimately involved with inspired, imaginative expression.» Judy Zappacosta, Journal of Sandplay Therapy