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 Yearbooks (Jahrbücher) of Eranos
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).
Eranos in the Mirror: Views on a Moving Heritage. Eranos allo specchio: sguardi su una eredità in movimento, eds. Fabio Merlini and Riccardo Bernardini, Aragno*Eranos, Ascona 2019
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.