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, 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.  

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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$24.00 ©1971  5.5″ x 8.25″ 72 pages. Hardback Library Edition



$15.00 ©2022 (2024 printing) 5″ x 8″ 254 pages. Like new condition. Baja Journey begins with a hitchhiking trip through 1967 Baja before there was a paved road. It is followed by an odyssey through Mexico, the beatnik era in San Francisco, the casinos of Las Vegas, the deserts of the Southwest, the streets of New York and New Orleans.


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


$15.00 ©1983 Good condition 5.5″ x 8.5″ 128 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.



$45 ©1985 Good condition 6″ x 9″ 652 pages


$10.00 ©1989 Good condition 5.5″ x 8.25″ 276 pages



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


$10.00 Paperback ©1996   5.5″ x 8.5″ 83 pages. Very good condition.



$15.00 Paperback ©1992 7″ x 10″ 272 pages. Fair/worn condition.



$10.00 Paperback ©1994 8.5″ x 11″ 172 pages. Pages are loose (glue binding fail) but clean.


$15.00 Paperback ©1975 4.25″ x 7″ 192 pages. Very good condition.


$20.00 Paperback ©2000 6″ x 9″ 187 pages. Excellent condition.


$15.00 Paperback ©1991  6.5″ x 9.5″ 64 pages. Excellent condition.


$25.00 Paperback ©1979  6″ x 9″ 128 pages. Excellent condition.


$15.00 Paperback ©1976  6″ x 9″ 75 pages. Good condition.




$15.00 ©2001 6″ x 9″ 303 pages. Like new condition.


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