Veritas Editions Sells Third Copy of Limited Edition Book Honoring Junípero Serra

To be in the University of Washington Special Collections

Veritas Editions is pleased to announce the University of Washington has just acquired edition copy #3 of limited-edition book The Spirit Within: The California Missions.  Sandra Kroupa, Book Arts & Rare Book Curator, Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries commented to the book’s creator “Your photographic work, both esthetically & technically, is impressive.  This book demonstrates an excellent concept and clear dedication to quality.”

“With the pending canonization of Fray Junípero Serra by Pope Francis this September, this body of work takes on new import”, observes photographic artist Craig Alan Huber, adding “This book was created to honor Fray Serra and his greatest legacy as father of the 21 Alta California Missions.”  The project began back in September of 2008 when Mr. Huber first visited three California Missions in southern California with a borrowed camera.  He soon returned with his own 5”x7” view camera and film.  Mr. Huber made many sojourns over the next five years to his home state of California from his current home in Woodinville, Washington to capture the images included in the book.  The 22 tipped in and 3 loose platinum/palladium prints are crafted in a style and aesthetic that honors both the appearance and the history of the missions.  Each mission photograph is accompanied by an apropos historical quotation from a notable luminary.

The artisans at Marquand Editions played a pivotal role in the creation of the book as well, printing the pages in letterpress, and individually crafting each of the 15 numbered editions.   Following a showing of the book, Nicolette Bromberg, Visual Materials Curator, Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries remarked “It was a pleasure to hear your thoughts on how you experienced the buildings”.  That experience of ‘The Spirit Within’ is communicated visually in the images and accompanying text.

To read more about The Spirit Within: The California Missions and see other related works, visit www.veritaseditions.com.  For book availability and pricing information please contact inquire@veritaseditions.com .

Veritas Editions Sells Second Copy of Limited Edition Book Honoring the Twenty-One California Missions

Sale Will Benefit The Campaign for the Preservation of Mission San Antonio de Padua

Veritas Editions is pleased to announce Susan Gill, President Emerita of The Campaign for the Preservation of Mission San Antonio de Padua Foundation has purchased the second copy of the limited edition book The Spirit Within: The California Missions.  The book will be donated to the foundation and auctioned later this year to raise funds for the earthquake retrofit of Mission San Antonio de Padua, which is currently underway.

The Spirit Within: The California Missions is limited to an edition of fifteen numbered and three lettered copies.  The book honors the twenty-one California missions and their founding father, Junípero Serra, who will be canonized by Pope Francis in September of this year. The volume includes twenty-two tipped-in original platinum/palladium prints and three loose platinum/palladium prints, all printed by photographic artist Craig Alan Huber using archival methods.

Susan Gill commented, “The California Missions are a national treasure and must be preserved for future generations.  I am pleased to donate this inspiring collection.”  Current President of The Campaign for the Preservation of Mission San Antonio de Padua Foundation Al Parolini added, “On behalf of the Board of Directors and supporting members of the Campaign, we thank Craig for his diligent work in producing this masterpiece and Susan Gill for her purchase and donation to this tremendously worthy cause.”

Huber is a Washington state-based photographic artist who started photography around the age of 8.  His work is in permanent collections at The National Steinbeck Center, the Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis, Mission San Antonio de Padua, and the Museo de Fray Junípero Serra in Majorca, Spain and is collected by individuals throughout the US, Europe, and Australia.  His work has been seen in solo exhibitions and in numerous group shows at venues including the Carmel Art Institute, and RayKo Photo Center in San Francisco.

Huber first spent time at Mission San Antonio in 2011, in a workshop sponsored by photographic instructor Al Weber.  One of the instructor’s stated goals for the workshop was to ‘further develop you as photographic artists’, which he took to heart.   Inspired by the authentic setting, he produced work that would eventually be included in this book, as well as in the 52 platinum prints contributed to the group portfolios created for participating artists.

Huber will donate 15 percent of all profits from the sale of the 15 copies of this rare book to The Campaign for the Preservation of Mission San Antonio and other California Missions in need of preservation funds. 

To read more about The Spirit Within: The California Missions and see other related works, visit www.veritaseditions.com.  For book availability and pricing information please contact inquire@veritaseditions.com .

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About the Campaign for the Preservation of Mission San Antonio

The Campaign for the Preservation of Mission San Antonio de Padua Foundation was formed in 2010 to fund the retrofit repair and the preservation of the structural integrity of the historic and beloved mission. The Foundation’s intent is to raise funds to ensure that this landmark, an important piece of California’s history, is saved, so that visitors and the greater community can experience this historical treasure and its inspiring serenity for years to come. The Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation and independent from any religious organization. All contributions to the campaign for the preservation of Mission San Antonio de Padua are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.