New and Used-Classic Baja California Books

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Book #1:

Baja California Land of Missions

by David Kier

Updated in 2021 with revised information:

Baja California Land of Missions, by David Kier.

This 5.5″ x  8.5″, 243-page work, is a detailed history of the activities by the Spanish Empire, commissioning several orders of Catholic priests, and others, attempting to colonize the peninsula of California between 1535 and 1855. All twenty-seven missions are detailed as well as the satellite visita outposts and the more obscure, little-known, associated sites.

Why the missions failed and what happened since they closed is also told. GPS waypoints for each mission and additional places of historic interest are provided. The mythical lost missions are detailed as well. Over 125 photographs, drawings and maps will visually take the reader to the missions as they were, and as they are now. A reference list of books plus detailed index will assist in further mission study or research.  Email M & E Books at oldmissions@gmail.com for details. The history of our California and Baja California missions is too interesting and important to not know.

A review from Amazon.com:

Reviewed in the United States on September 20, 2017

“Nothing defines California as significantly or emotionally as the missions and history of the old El Camino Real mission trail. The mission trail, and California history, starts almost a thousand miles south of the California border in Loreto Mexico, in Baja California; indeed, the California peninsula was the only California for at least 230 years before “Baja” was added to the name in 1769. The author, David Kier, does a remarkable job of chronicling the Jesuit, Franciscan, and Dominican missionaries and the missions they founded in Baja California. “Baja California Land of Missions” is superbly written and researched, with over a hundred photos, maps, and drawings. Kier’s summary of the nearly 200 missionaries who served in Baja California between 1683 and 1855, is a unique, and incredibly useful, historical resource. Designed to fit nicely in a pocket, or console compartment – this is a “must-have” guide for any one traveling the Baja Peninsula, especially for the adventurer and explorer who takes delight in veering off the pavement, and into the wild … and into the lives and dreams of men of the past.

In one slim volume David Kier has captured, not just the history of a place, but its heart as well.”

April 2022 Special: The latest printing features many color images inside the book! Take advantage of an error by the printers and get these, at no extra cost. Here are some sample pages:



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BOOK #2:

Old Missions of the Californias

by Max Kurillo & David Kier

Following the success of their 2012 book, The Old Missions of Baja & Alta California, 1697-1834, Max Kurillo and David Kier have produced a revised and expanded edition in 2020, titled Old Missions of the Californias. All 48 of the California missions are detailed in the order of their founding and not based on a border that didn’t exist when the missions were built. Maps and photos from past and present provide a look at the missions from yesterday and today. Also Included are chapters on the founding Catholic Orders, on the mission road, El Camino Real, and a complete reference list of additional mission history sources. This comprehensive yet compact work belongs in your glovebox, backpack, and home library to enrich your travel and mission history experiences. 6″ x 9″, 156 pages

Old Missions of the Californias


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The following include both new and used books. Prices include shipping and postage to a U.S. address. Conditions will be given and range from excellent to worn. The © date will be the printing year of the book for sale.

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$40.00 ©1960 classic from Perry Mason creator, Erle Stanley Gardner. Two copies available. First one sold is very good, clean copy but no jacket. The second has some library stamps but otherwise is good.

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$40 ©1960 (no cover) 6″ x  9.5″ 208 pages

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$20 ©1963 (1967 revised printing, no book cover as shown here) 7″x 10″ 242 pages

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$25.00 ©1969 paperback edition (worn cover edges, price cut off) 6.5″ X 9.5″ 160 pages [Beautiful color photographs!]
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$35.00 ©1971  (a 1918 Report with folding map. Some stains on cover and small rip on spine, otherwise good.) 5.5″ x 9″ 70 pages

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$25.00 ©1978 (some stains on outside, otherwise good) 5.5″ x 8.25″ 96 pages

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$40.00 ©1965 First Edition (Excellent condition) 5.5″ x 8.25″ 64 pages

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$25.00 ©1972 (Signed by author, excellent condition) 5.5″ x 8.25″ 71 pages

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$20.00 ©2020 Excellent condition 6″ x 9″ 308 pages

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$10.00 ©1970 (cover worn and smudged) 5.5″ x 8.5″ 80 pages

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$10.00 ©1973 (Very good to excellent condition) 5.5″ x 8.5″ 80 pages

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$10.00 ©1972 (cover wear, small tear) 5.5″ x 8.5″ 48 pages

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$10.00 ©1983 Good condition 5.5″ x 8.5″ 128 pages

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$10.00 ©1993 Fair condition 5.5″ x 8.5″ 229 pages

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$20.00 ©1992 Cover damaged, fair condition. 8.5″ x 11″ 248 pages

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$20.00 ©1992 Good condition 7″ x 10″ 180 pages

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$30.00 ©1991 (Big & in excellent condition!) 8.5″ x 11″ 420 pages, from the author of The Baja Book.

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$20.00 ©1971 Fair, some wear on the cover 8,5″ x 11″ 80 pages

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$20.00 ©1977 Good condition, some cover wear.

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$20.00 ©2004 Very good condition 5″ x 9″ 540 pages

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$20.00 ©1997 Very good 6.5″ x 9.5″ 342 pages

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$30.00 ©1995 (Good condition with color maps/charts and photos) 8.5″ x 11″ 278 pages

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$15.00 ©1998 Good 5.5″ x 8.5″ 176 pages

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$10.00 ©1993 Very good condition 6″ x 9″ 342+ pages

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$25.00 ©1974 Library wear and marks 10″ x 7.5″ 116 pages

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$20.00 ©1992 Very good 6″ x 8.5″ 226 pages

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$15.00 ©1972 Fair-Good 9″ x 10.5″ 184 pages [Beautiful color photographs!]
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$15.00 ©2003 New, uncirculated, one copy is autographed. 5.5″ x 8.5″ 83 pages

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$15.00 ©2006 New book, uncirculated 5.5″ x 8.5″ 201 pages

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$15.00 ©2008 New, uncirculated 5.5″ x 8.5″ 280 pages

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$10.00 ©2005 Good condition 5.5″ x 8.5″ 185 pages

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$15.00 ©2001 New, uncirculated. 6″ x 9″ 303 pages

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$55 ©1997 (2010 printing) NEW/ UNCIRCULATED BOOK (includes U.S. postage) 10″ x 10″ 246 pages [Beautiful color photographs]
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$15.00 ©2000 Very good condition. 6″ x 9″ 202+ pages

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$15 ©1966 (Condition is good) 5″ x 7.5″ 297 pages

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$25.00 ©1975 (very worn/torn hardback cover but pages are clean and include the 3 folding maps) 5.5″ x 8.5″ 232 pages

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