327 pages
288 Color photos, maps
8 3/4 x 111/2
Pub date 2003


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The Spanish Missions of Baja California
by Edward W. Vernon [bio]

Las Misiones Antiguas is a photographic journey and written record of every peninsular mission and several visitas of Baja California. Each site was photographed and it's position recorded using a G. P. S. instrument. The description of each mission includes oral history from area residents. Sketches record the configuration of sites not previously mapped, and in the case of the largest Baja California mission, Comondú, the foundation was traced and old photographs were utilized to generate a computer model.

This information was combined with historic photographs of many of the sites. More than 300 graphic images and a description of the history and major events at the sites make this book the most comprehensive source of information on these fascinating and rapidly deteriorating architectural treasures.

"A handsomely designed coffee-table book, Las Misiones Antiguas is the latest testimonial to the enduring romance of colonial mission churches as the visual reminders of the Spanish heritage of the Borderlands." — —Southern California Quarterly

"A splendid book!" —Southwest Books of the Year 2003

"This is a truly substantial book of little known and well seen missions." —Tradicion Revista