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, latest printing in 2023:

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 for details. 

A review from

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.”




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$20.00 ©2001 (like new) Funny stories of Baja, some may be true! 5.5″ x 8.5″ 142 pages, Illustrated by Dave Deal



$25.00 ©1969 paperback edition (worn cover edges, price cut off) 6.5″ X 9.5″ 160 pages [Beautiful color photographs!]

$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


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


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



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



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


$20.00 ©1977 Good condition, some cover wear.


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


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


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


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


$15.00 ©2003 New, uncirculated. 5.5″ x 8.5″ 83 pages


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


$55 ©1997 (2010 printing) NEW/ UNCIRCULATED BOOK (includes U.S. postage) 10″ x 10″ 246 pages [Beautiful color photographs]
Only two copies remaining.


$15.00 ©2000 Very good condition. 6″ x 9″ 202+ pages


$15.00 ©1989 Good condition 5.5″ x 8.25″ 276 pages


$25.00 ©1996 (10th edition, 2nd printing) The classic guide to all things Mexico! 5.5″ x 8.5″ 391 pages.


$40.00 (1975 edition) from Desert Magazine’s editor and member of Erle Stanley Gardner’s many Baja expeditions, Choral Pepper tells the stories of all the missions, including ‘lost’ ones, as well as other stories in history. 5″ x 7″ 126 pages worn cover/ spine repaired with tape, but pages are clean.



$25.00 Paperback ©1995 edition of a classic 1951 book. 4.5″ x 7.5″ 288 pages. Very good condition.


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