During over two decades reading Jung, this is the book I dreamed of some day seeing. Yes, it is incredible.
But instead of adding to the many praises of the Red Book, let me comment on the editorial work that accompanies Jung's text.
Sonu Shamdasani's Introduction is undoubtedly the best available biography of Jung, though focused in context on the critical central years of Jung's life. Shamdasani is a remarkable scholar, and he has spent over 13 years with the primary documents -- material never before made available to a scholar, documents including Jung's seven Black Book journals, the various draft manuscripts of the Red Book, Jung's own dream books and letters from the period, the amazing contemporary diary of Cary F. Baynes, and innumerable other previously unpublished (and largely unknown) primary sources. After Shamdasani's work, all previous biographical evaluations of this period are irrelevant. No researcher previously had access to the basic and extensive source material upon which a biography must be founded, and thus much of what was written in past decades was either pure speculation or blatant perfidy.
BUT, you ask, why is it not in stock for shipment??
Because the publisher, Norton, was uncertain if this huge and expensive book would sell. The first printing was for only 5,000 copies! To the publisher's surprise, these sold out in pre-publication orders two months before the official release date of Oct 7, 2009. This is not an easy book to print, or reprint. Printing is done in Italy on over-sized museum quality papers, with superb binding. Unlike the average hard-cover book, ordering up another ten thousand copies of a book like this is not a simple matter. Once you hold the book, you will understand the issues involved in creating such a beautiful volume. Even the larger second printing sold out in pre-order, and was just becoming available for shipping at the end of November. The next printing will be available in December or later. Eventually the printers will catch up with demand, but it may take several more months.
If you have not seen a copy in a bookstore, it is because they CANNOT GET A COPY from the publisher! So if you want it, order now...
(May 2010 update -- We now have around 50,000 copies printed, and still lots of backorders, but production is catching up with demand. With the seventh printing the book should be in stock at most sellers. Sales have been amazing for a volume of this size and cost. For those looking for a helpful guide to a reading of the book, search for the thirteen lecture audio series on "Jung and the Red Book" by Dr. Stephan A. Hoeller, available online. This lecture series has received great reviews from many students of Jung.)
(December 2009 update -- Norton is now in the fifth printing, and still back-ordered a couple of months. The Red Book seems to have touched a soulful place in modern culture.)