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from Viejo Press, a new book by Ed Vernon:

Las Misiones Antiguas

The Spanish Missions of Baja California

For many years researcher Ed Vernon has dedicated himself to exploring and documenting the old missions. or Las Misiones Antiguas, of Baja California, crisscrossing the back country in search of these sometimes elusive and often ruinous monuments.

This handsome new book is the result. Featuring more than 300 previously unpublished photographs - many in color, and 80 historical pictures, numerous old and new maps, mission plans as well as unique computer reconstructions of earlier buildings, Ed Vernon's beautifully produced work breaks new ground in presenting the colonial missions of Baja California.

With its detailed description and historical background of every Baja mission, this comprehensive, fully indexed handbook is an indispensable resource for the traveler and researcher alike.

By special permission of the author we are privileged to offer this definitive new book on the missions of Baja California.*


An advance review:

"A major reference work on the missions of Baja California is about to become
available. Las Misiones Antiguas is now in press. Authored by Santa
Barbaran, Ed Vernon, this labor of love contains virtually all missions,
visitas, and other Spanish period sites with chapters on the detailed
history of each from founding to modern days, wonderful color photos, and
even CAD reconstructions in color of what these sites once looked like.

Many missions were relocated several times. Ed has researched all of the sites of
each mission and has descriptive material on each. He has personally visited
each of the sites, often in remote areas and under less than ideal conditions
over a period of many years.

The book is a marvelous reference work for specialists in mission research
and makes a very accurate guide for others visiting the sites. The sheer
beauty of the production also makes this scientific jewel into a fine coffee
table volume. Advance copies created quite a stir at the recent California
Mission Studies conference in La Paz."

Robert Hoover, California archeologist and historian


ISBN 0-8263-3110-6. 328 pages. cloth. 11x 8.5

*available after December 1st, 2002

$45.00 plus $5.00 shipping & handling (20% discount to libraries)

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