A Mechanic's Diary [Inscribed Copy]

Brokmeyer, Henry Clay; Brokmeyer, E.C. [St. Louis Hegelians][Saint Clair County]

Published by E.C. Brokmeyer, 1910
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Washington, 1910. Quarto, blue cloth, 239 pp. With a lengthy inscription by the editor and author's son, E.C. Brokmeyer, on the front free endpaper: "This was not written for publication, but was edited and printed by this writer for preservation. Pass over the profound philosophy." A scarce first edition of Brokmeyer's collected journal entries, with much material on the Mississippi Valley, as well as his philosophical musings. According to the preface, Brokmeyer wanted to title the book "Notes of Thoughts and Happenings of the Day as the Occorred in the Life of a Molder in the Mississippi Valley Fifty Years Ago." Of interest to Mississippi Valley and Saint Clair County historians and historians of the St. Louis Hegelians and Transcendentalism. A very good minus copy. Rear hinge starting, front hinge weak, else very good plus with light wear. " In 1850 Brokmeyer began two years of schooling at Georgetown College in Kentucky. After two years he moved back east to Brown University, where he learned New England Transcendentalism from the university's president, Francis Wayland (1796-1865). There is no evidence that Brokmeyer actually took a degree. However, despite philosophical disagreements with Wayland, something of Transcendentalism's interest in bringing philosophy closer to lived experience reached him, and in 1854 Brokmeyer moved west to live as a recluse in Warren County, Missouri. About this time, he also lost what remained of his fortune with the collapse of a lending house in which he had invested. Like Henry David Thoreau, Brokmeyer took both books and his philosophical interest to the woods; in particular, he brought with him a growing passion for the study of G. W. F. Hegel. After this initial hermitage, Brokmeyer returned to civilization in 1857, taking a job as an iron-molder in St. Louis. Some of this part of his life he recorded in A Mechanic's Diary, which was published in 1910." - ANB. A scarce piece of late nineteenth century American philosophical thought, in its first edition. OCLC 1499030, locating twenty copies. Bookseller Inventory # OS2552

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Title: A Mechanic's Diary [Inscribed Copy]

Publisher: E.C. Brokmeyer

Publication Date: 1910

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition.

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