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.

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