New York: Paulist Press, 1988. First edition. Octavo, original black cloth, original dust jacket. Pencil note to front pastedown: "inscribed to Fr. David Bromfield, professor at CUA." Book about-fine with a near-fine dust jacket with only minor edge-wear to upper corners and spine. Item #50
First edition of this critical edition of the diaries of Isaac Hecker, covering the years 1843-1845. This particular copy is inscribed by the editor, John Farina: "To David/with appreciation/John Farina/11/5/88." After spending time at the Brook Farm, Hecker converted to Catholicism in New York in 1844. He was originally ordained in 1849 as a Redemptorist (by Nicholas Wiseman in London) before founding the Paulist Fathers in 1858 on the approval of Pius IX. Farina supplements the text of the diaries with the following sections: Preface, General Introduction, notes on Editorial Procedures, Notes to the Diary, List of Emendations, Bibliography, and Indices. From the Paulist's "Sources of American Spirituality" series.