The Red Book: Liber Novus by Carl Gustave Jung
Stated First Edition Published by W.W. Norton, New York in 2009
Unique Full Leather Binding by Richard Tuttle
Binding Details: As with all of Richard Tuttle’s pieces, this is a one of a kind binding that captures the spirit of the book and returns us to a time when books were beautiful to display as well as read. In a world of mediocrity and mass produced books, he believes important literary works are special and should be treasured and passed on to future generations.
This is one of Richard Tuttle’s masterworks and in my opinion rivals the best bindings produced in the past 50 years. The book has been rebound by Richard Tuttle in lambskin pliver over sculpted boards that feature a remarkable combination of inlays and onlays, ornamentation, and “medieval alchemical theme” treatments that are contained within Jung’s work. The multitude of different elements in the binding is remarkable. The photographs in the listing just cannot do justice to the workmanship and creativity of the binding. The steps in the middle of the front cover rise up an inch high and are covered in the same leather as the rest of the binding. The color insets on the front cover are hand painted. The end papers and page edges are hand painted red and gold and the capped fittings on the back serve as legs to hold the book up off the table. There is a small bump to the front right corner tip of the binding. Richard Tuttle’s artist signature and the binding date appear on the first free endpaper. The bindings were done in 2013.
This is a large and heavy book measuring 18” x 12” x 2”
Book Details: This is a stated first edition of “The Red Book: Liber Novus published by W.W. Norton and Company, New York in 2009. From the publisher, “The most influential unpublished work in the history of psychology.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.”
Artist Statement: Included with the book is a signed artist statement by Richard Tuttle on the making of “The Red Book: Liber Novus”.
About the Artist: Richard Tuttle is a painter, writer, graphic designer, carpenter, bookbinder and lover of literature. For the past 20 years, he has combined his many interests to create one of a kind works of art that merge the written word with fine leather, paper, paint, wood and veneer. These original book bindings have been exhibited in numerous galleries and were featured in a PBS documentary on the Chicago Art beat. Richard describes his work as follows: “I make literary artifacts. They are designed to pull books down off the shelf and display them in the salon, gallery or home as if they were works of art, which, of course, they are. Whether binding books with leather, paper, paint, wood, and found artifacts or building sculptures to encase the volumes, I seek to find a perspective that shouts out a piece of the essence of the literary work. I try to put myself in the author's or character's mind to say something about the time it was written in; the attitude that is explored and expressed; the magic that makes it a work of art. While I obviously respect and admire the books I work on, the humor, wit and raw energy I find so attractive in their works leads me to places that some might call disrespectful, but are, for me, essential parts of these literary works. Motivated by Marcel Duchamp's attempts to elevate the object into art and William Blake's efforts to remake his world and James Joyce's efforts to include all culture and all action in one whole: Motivated by the ongoing conversation of Jazz musicians between its earliest practitioners and its most avante garde practitioners: Motivated by the great world library of "what we are" as extolled by Jorge Luis Borges: Motivated by the desire to live in a world that is conscious of itself and conscious of its ability to create itself: I create these art objects out of books in order be surrounded by a physical environment that reflects the world of ideas I want to live in.”
Condition Report: The binding is in FINE condition.
Photographs of the binding appear in the photo section of the listing.