New York: Catholic Worker Books, 1949. First edition. Octavo, staple-bound in buff paper wrappers. Minor rubbing to spine, closed tear to base of front wrapper, rounded chip to lower fore-edge of back wrapper, smaller chips to corners of bright and clean original paper wrappers. A splendid copy. Item #24
Rare first edition of Dorothy Day's diary for the year 1948, the first publication of Catholic Worker Books. Day "was keeping a journal of the year 1948 and planned to publish it. In bringing out On Pilgrimage, as she called it, from Catholic Worker Books, she hoped to earn some money for the movement, and probably wished to give David Hennessy a book to sell through the mail from the Distributist Bookstall he had started after marrying her daughter. But she was doubtless motivated by literary ambition as well. Ten years had passed since From Union Square to Rome had come out. She was better known as an organizer and a pacifist than as an editor and a writer." (Paul Elie, The Life You Save May Be Your Own).