The “Aragno*Eranos Ascona” Publishing House was founded in 2019, thanks to a synergy between the Eranos Foundation (Ascona) and the publisher
Nino Aragno (Turin), with the precise intention of enhancing the archive documents related to the Eranos Conferences and kept in Ascona by the Foundation.
Very rich materials (manuscripts, letters, photographs, paintings, sculptures) have grown over the years, thanks above all to the tireless work of Olga
Fröbe-Kapteyn (1881-1962), the cultured and enterprising Dutch creator of the famous annual Tagungen, inaugurated back in 1933 in Ascona: an initiative
that, over the course of the century, would later become a unique and pioneering experience in the panorama of twentieth-century cultural life. The publications, enhancing the Foundation’s archival heritage, are in addition to the project of anastatic reprinting of the Eranos Yearbooks (Jahrbücher) started by the publisher Nino Aragno in 2018, as part of a wide-ranging program promoted by the Turin-based Publishing House aimed at further
disseminating the institutional publications of some of the major European cultural institutions (the Warburg Institute in London, the Collège de
France in Paris, the Freie Universität in Berlin, as well as the Eranos Foundation in Ascona).
The Eranos Classics, published by Aragno*Eranos, Ascona, offer the translation into Italian and English of the original texts (with a preface and an introduction to contextualize them historically and thematically) hosted in the Eranos-Jahrbücher: the prestigious series, which has been published almost without interruption since 1933 and now also proposed in anastatic reprint by Nino Aragno Editore. The companion series of the Eranos Excerpta, published by Aragno*Eranos, Ascona, also documents the work done by Eranos over the years, presenting the same selection of texts in the original language.
VV. AA., Eranos in the Mirror: Views on a Moving Legacy. Eranos allo specchio: sguardi su una eredità in movimento, eds. Fabio Merlini and Riccardo Bernardini, Eranos Classics 0, Aragno*Eranos, Ascona 2019, ISBN 978-88-32286-00-7, 219 pp., CHF 23 / EUR 20
This volume is the first in a series of publications launched with the precise aim of enhancing the archival documents related to the Eranos Conferences
and kept in Ascona (Switzerland) by the Eranos Foundation. Very rich materials (manuscripts, letters, photographs, paintings, sculptures) have grown over
the years, thanks above all to the tireless work of Olga Fröbe-Kapteyn (1881-1962), the Dutch cultured and enterprising creator of the famous annual
Eranos Tagungen, inaugurated in 1933 in Ascona: an initiative that, over the years, would later become a unique and pioneering experience in the
panorama of twentieth-century cultural life. The publication that the reader has in his hands is the updated re-edition of the volume with which,
last year, the publisher Nino Aragno wanted to pay homage to the Eranos Foundation on the occasion of the celebrations for its 85th anniversary (1933-2018).
The texts and iconographic documents here included are precisely selected with the intention of offering to the interested public an “essay” of what the
Eranos Conferences were, still are, and seek to be; what atmosphere it was possible to breathe in the ten or so days in which the meetings unfolded;
which and how many scholars took part in them; which themes were discussed, in an ever-open confrontation between human sciences and natural
sciences – with the explicit design of restoring unity to the view on man and on the world, beyond the disciplinary fences.
In addition to an introductory essay dedicated to the history of Eranos and its significance for research and knowledge, a selection of writings by
some of the most significant scholars who contributed to the success of the symposia is presented: Carl Gustav Jung’s Introduction to the American Eranos
Volume, conceived in 1938-1939 to illustrate the work of Eranos in the United States, and the writings by Mircea Eliade, Meetings at Ascona (1960),
and Henry Corbin, The Time of Eranos (1956), republished here with the permission of their respective heirs.
Two analytical indexes are also included: the chronological list of the Eranos Yearbooks (Eranos-Jahrbücher) and their contents, from
no. I / 1933 to LXIV / 2017-2018, and the alphabetical list of the Eranos lecturers, with their respective lectures, from 1933 to 2018.
In anastatic reprint, the first commemorative booklet produced by the Eranos Foundation on the occasion of its 25th
anniversary (25 Jahre Eranos 1933-1957), edited by Olga Fröbe-Kapteyn and the first editor of the Eranos Yearbooks, Daniel
Brody (Rhein-Verlag, Zurich) – to whom the text by Henry Corbin also pays homage – is also proposed.
Finally, the volume closes with an unpublished pearl, also kept in our Archives: a poem by James Hillman, the great American psychoanalyst and
essayist who frequented Eranos between 1964 and 1988, dedicated to Lake Maggiore: it was written at Eranos in 1966, on the occasion of one of his
stays at Casa Gabriella, directly overlooking the lake and invested with its reflections, including, when the light is favorable, the beautiful profile
of the high mountains overlooking it. The poem, dedicated in 1988 to Rudolf Ritsema, at that time President of the Foundation, on the occasion of his
seventieth birthday, is published here with the consent of Margot McLean-Hillman.
Carl Gustav Jung, Rebirth. Text and Notes of the Lecture held at Eranos in 1939 / Rinascere. Testo e appunti della conferenza tenuta a Eranos nel 1939, eds. Fabio Merlini & Riccardo Bernardini, Eranos Classics 1, Aragno*Eranos, Ascona 2020, ISBN 978-88-32286-01-4, 161 pp., CHF 23 / EUR 20
The Eranos Conference of August 7–15, 1939 was dedicated to the topic, “The Symbolism of Rebirth in Religious Representations of Various Epochs and Places.” Stimulated by the speakers’ brilliant presentations, on August 15 Carl Gustav Jung held two mostly improvised lectures on the topic, “The Psychology of Rebirth.” These became the closing speeches of the entire Conference. He spoke about rebirth as an archetype, as exemplified in the Koranic mystery of the Seven Sleepers and the angel al-Khiḍr, known as “the Verdant One.” This was a topic that was dear to theologian and Islamicist Louis Massignon, who opened the Conference with it. Jung placed great importance in the collaboration at Eranos of Massignon, from whom he first learned much of what he knew about spirituality in Islam. It was precisely at the 1939 Eranos Conference, a few days before the outbreak of the Second World War, that Jung came to understand a significant aspect of the problem of duality thanks to Islamic religious thought: an achievement that had been anticipated nineteen years earlier by an emblematic dream he had in North Africa, in Tunis (1920), and that had to wait for the Answer to Job (1952) to be fully elaborated. For the first time, this volume presents the 5-page manuscript of the notes written on the stationery of the Hotel Monte Verità in Ascona, where Jung usually stayed 1933-39 during the Eranos Conferences. Furthermore, the book includes for the first time the original version of the 46-page typescript entitled “Lecture by Prof. Dr. C.G. Jung at the 1939 Eranos Conference, on ‘Rebirth’,” which was later revised, expanded, and published in the Eranos-Jahrbuch and then his Collected Works.
Ernesto Buonaiuti, Palingenesis, Immortality, and Resurrection in Primitive Christianity / Palingenesi, immortalità e resurrezione nel Cristianesimo primitivo, ed. Adriano Fabris, preface by Fabio Merlini & Riccardo Bernardini, Eranos Classics 2, Aragno*Eranos, Ascona 2020, ISBN 978-88-32286-01-4, 121 pp., CHF 23 / EUR 20
The Eranos Conference of August 7–15, 1939 was dedicated to the topic, “The Symbolism of Rebirth in Religious Representations of Various Epochs and Places.” Ernesto Buonaiuti gave a paper entitled “Palingenesis, Immortality, and Resurrection in Primitive Christianity,” which was published in German in that year’s Eranos-Jahrbuch. This volume is presenting for the first time the 26 typescript pages with handwritten notes that he read in Italian at Eranos on August 12, 1939. His paper includes several topics that underpin successive reflections at Eranos about spiritual issues. There is a view of Christianity that is considered in its continuity with other religions and at the same time in its uniqueness and specificity. There is the comparison and contrast that he makes between the “institutional” dimension of Christianity and a life in religion that is more “liberal” and “authentic,” where the essence of Christianity can be found again. And there is the question of the meaning of historical research: Buonaiuti did not limit himself to erudite discourse; rather, he delves into the spiritual circumstances of the contemporary individual.
Martin Buber, Symbolic and Sacramental Existence in Judaism / Esistenza simbolica e sacramentale nell’Ebraismo, ed. Gianfranco Bonola, preface by Fabio Merlini & Riccardo Bernardini, Eranos Classics 3, Aragno*Eranos, Ascona 2020
Erwin Schrödinger, The Spirit of Science / Lo spirito della scienza, ed. Shantena Augusto Sabbadini, preface by Fabio Merlini & Riccardo Bernardini, Eranos Classics 4, Aragno*Eranos, Ascona 2021
Károly Kerényi, Mysteries of the Cabeiri. Introduction to the Study of Ancient Mysteries (Appendix: Castello di Tegna. An Archaeological Parallel to a Sanctuary in the Area of Thebes) / Misteri dei Cabiri. Introduzione allo studio dei misteri antichi (Appendice: Castello di Tegna. Un parallelo archeologico con un santuario nella zona di Tebe), ed. Natale Spineto, preface by Fabio Merlini & Riccardo Bernardini, Eranos Classics 5, Aragno*Eranos, Ascona 2021
Henri-Charles Puech, Gnosis and Time / La gnosi e il tempo, ed. Giovanni Filoramo, preface by Fabio Merlini & Riccardo Bernardini, Eranos Classics 6, Aragno*Eranos, Ascona 2021
The Eranos Excerpta, published by Aragno*Eranos, Ascona, records Eranos’s activity over the years by reprinting the most significant texts that appeared in the Eranos-Jahrbücher: the longstanding editorial series published since 1933 and now being released also in anastatic reprint thanks to Nino Aragno Editore. The companion series of the Eranos Classics, published by Aragno*Eranos, Ascona, offers the translation into Italian and English of the original texts, with a preface and an introduction to contextualize them historically and thematically.
Carl Gustav Jung, Die verschiedenen Aspekte der Wiedergeburt, from Eranos-Jahrbuch 7, 1939, Eranos Excerpta 1, Aragno*Eranos, Ascona 2021
Ernesto Buonaiuti, Wiedergeburt, Unsterblichkeit und Auferstehung im Urchristentum, from Eranos-Jahrbuch 7, 1939, Eranos Excerpta 2, Aragno*Eranos, Ascona 2021
Martin Buber, Sinnbildliche und sakramentale Existenz im Judentum, from Eranos-Jahrbuch 2, 1934, Eranos Excerpta 3, Aragno*Eranos, Ascona 2021
Erwin Schrödinger, Der Geist der Naturwissenschaft, from Eranos-Jahrbuch 14, 1946, Eranos Excerpta 4, Aragno*Eranos, Ascona 2021
Károly Kerényi, Mysterien der Kabiren. Einleitendes zum Studium antiker Mysterien (Anhang: Castello di Tegna. Eine archäologische Parallele zu einem Heiligtum in der Gegend von Theben), from Eranos-Jahrbuch 11, 1944, Eranos Excerpta 5, Aragno*Eranos, Ascona 2021
Henri-Charles Puech, La gnose et le temps, from Eranos-Jahrbuch 20, 1951, Eranos Excerpta 6, Aragno*Eranos, Ascona 2021