The Black Books
More than ten years after the landmark publication of The Red Book, the most important unpublished work by C.G. Jung—The Black Books— appears.
In 1913, C.G. Jung started a self-experiment that he called his “confrontation with the unconscious”: an engagement with his fantasies, which he charted in a series of notebooks referred to as The Black Books. The Red Book drew on material recorded therein to 1916 but Jung continued to write in them for decades. The Black Books shed light on the elaboration of Jung’s personal cosmology and his attempts to embody insights from his self-investigation into his life and relationships. Magnificently presented, featuring a revelatory essay by Sonu Shamdasani, and both translated and facsimile versions of each notebook, these "unmistakably Holy Books" (Times Literary Supplement) offer a unique portal into Jung’s mind and the origins of analytical psychology.
"[The Black Books] represent the coalface of Jung’s introspection, from which he mined and polished his more accessible Red Book.… The Black Books details Jung’s visionary encounters with entities such as Phanes the star god, Ha the sorcerer, and Philemon, the wise magician who became Jung’s internal guru."
— Phil Baker, Times Literary Supplement