The Origins and History of Consciousness
1954 First Edition in English. Originally published in German in 1949.
Publisher - Routledge & Kegan Paul, London.
Cover is hard bound in red cloth. Light shelf wear but overall good condition.
No Dust Jacket is present.
End Papers are intact, white.
Preliminaries – Frontispiece: 'The Birth of Vishnu'. Translator's Note; Note of Acknowledgement; Table of Contents; List of Illustrations. Foreword by C. G. Jung; Introduction.
Main Text Body - 493 Pages. Fine and clean.Illustrated throughout.
End Matters – Appendices; Bibliography; Index.
Edges are even and unworn.
Spine is tight with no gutter damage. Gilt lettering.
Page Structure is sound with no missing pages.
The first of Erich Neumann's works to be translated into English, this eloquent book draws on a full range of world mythology to show that individual consciousness undergoes the same archetypal stages of development as has human consciousness as a whole. Neumann, one of Jung's most creative students and a renowned practitioner of analytical psychology in his own right, shows how the stages begin and end with the symbol of the Uroboros, or tail-eating serpent. The intermediate stages are projected in the universal myths of the World Creation, Great Mother, Separation of the World Parents, Birth of the Hero, Slaying of the Dragon, Rescue of the Captive, and Transformation and Deification of the Hero. Throughout the sequence the Hero is the evolving ego consciousness.
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