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C. G. Jung’s The Red Book: Sold Out

11.13.09   |   Posted in: Art & Design   |   By: Toshi Jones
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The highly anticipated release of The Red Book of C. G. Jung has propelled the publication to #71 on the Amazon best seller’s list. Not too shabby for a book with a $195 MSRP. The 199 numbered copies of the deluxe edition, hand tooled in red leather like the original, were made available only to members of the Philemon Foundation for a donation of $2,450. Had we known the book would virtually sell out in less than a month, we would have capitalized on the pre-order or October 19th initial offering. Captivated by Red Book fever we combed the net to no avail and were finally relegated to calling individual book stores all over the country in an attempt to snag a first edition copy. We are happy to report it’s in the mail and we just can’t wait.

It’s worth mentioning that the original Red Book may be seen in its first public exhibition at New York’s Rubin Museum of Art until 25 January 2010. Next year it will be on display at the Library of Congress from 17 June to 31 July. To compliment the book release and public viewing the RMA is hosting a choice group of cultural icons for The Red Book Dialogues. Speakers include musicians David Byrne and Billy Corgan, designer Stefan Sagmeister, and novelist Gloria Vanderbilt among others. Guest speakers will be paired on stage with a psychoanalyst and invited to respond to and interpret a folio from Jung’s Red Book as a starting point for a wide ranging conversation.



9 Responses to “C. G. Jung’s The Red Book: Sold Out”

  1. Alex Says:

    an interesting npr program on the book can be heard here

  2. Alex Jones Says:

    Update, seeing this in person, it’s everything we hoped it might be. A very special book.

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  5. Federalist45 Says:

    What is the current price of the Red Book Deluxe Edition (199 copies exist) and the Red Book 1st/1st (5000 copies exist)? I have seen the Deluxe edition go for over $10,000 at auction, and the 1st/1st for over $5000. It seems to me that the Deluxe edition is the true first, is identical to the original, and all 199 ought to be in museums or major libraries. It is almost as if one who possesses a copy had an original Gutenberg Bible.

  6. james mairs Says:

    There were only 129 copies of the deluxe leather bound edition made and to my knowledge, none have been sold by their original owners. J.Mairs (editor of the Red Book)

  7. Federalist45 Says:

    My mistake. You are right. 129 copies. Any insights on how to get one?

  8. A.Chase Says:

    Hi, I happened to stumble upon this thread looking for a description of the deluxe edition as I have one to sell (synchronistically perhaps), I see as of yesterday you were looking for one. If you are interested in purchasing one please let me know! You can contact me at

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