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EXPLORATIONS IN LOWER CALIFORNIA: 1868 (as seen through the eyes and pen of J. Ross Browne)


As I collect old, out of print works on Baja... and find things that I think would be of interest... I will post them here for you to enjoy. J. Ross Browne's artwork from his travels in Baja and the Southwest in the 1860's is well known and provides a unique perspective into the hardships of life in those days.

























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There are more... but this says a lot about how Baja impressed Mr. Browne! :lol::yes::light:




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[*] posted on 3-25-2009 at 05:07 PM


David K, Thanks for the artwork! Some of those are really nice.

Though I'd have to stay away from his "old friends" and watch for snakes in my bedroll. I really enjoyed "San Antonio" y "Todos Santos"

Is that book still in print or available online anywhere? (Public domain, etc?)
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[*] posted on 3-25-2009 at 05:24 PM


I just got it on eBay last week... It was a 1952 reprint of the three 1868 Harper's Magazine articles by Browne.



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[*] posted on 3-25-2009 at 05:43 PM


Those were great to see--thanks David! Good job hunting on ebay.
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[*] posted on 3-26-2009 at 09:10 AM


Thanks Steve and Mango... pretty fun cartoons of Baja travel!



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[*] posted on 3-27-2009 at 06:02 AM


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I love these historic interests & literature threads. You never know what will show up here! Well, well--another book I need to buy. Thanks for posting these, David. Really nice!

Amy

p.s. For anyone who is interested, there several copies of this title for sale at ABE books (you need to cut and paste the whole address into your browser):

http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?tn=Exploration...


[Edited on 3-27-2009 by bajaamy]


Hi Nomads... Here is the link Amy posted to Abe Books listings:
Browne & Spencer Murray books

NOTE: There are TWO different books, plus the original magazine listed in that link list!

The main one listed is a 1966 book by Spencer Murray with SOME of the Browne cartoons, along with 1966 photos of the same places and more text in the form of travel log following Browne's cape and Magdalena region trip. I have that one, as well... The cartoons were not as clear in it, as in the 1952 booklet.

The one I posted cartoons from is the 1952 booklet... has all three Harper Magazine articles reproduced in it.

Happy shopping!

[Edited on 4-5-2009 by David K]




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Those are fascinating drawings. Thanks for posting!

One can only image what an amazing place Baja must have been in 1868.
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[*] posted on 4-4-2009 at 03:59 PM


David, great windows of a Baja Sur we can never know, but can certainly appreciate. Thanks for your excellent research and sharing it on Nomads..again!



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[*] posted on 4-4-2009 at 09:52 PM


De nada Cardon Man and Roger!



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[*] posted on 10-16-2009 at 07:22 PM


Those are fantastic David. How did I miss them the first time around??



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[*] posted on 10-16-2009 at 09:07 PM


There is a lot of posts on Nomad, and we can miss the good ones at times... That's why I will go back to interesting posts from the past and bump them up... when I don't see a lot of interesting current stuff... also, for the new Nomads to enjoy.

Thanks for the comments Ken!




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[*] posted on 10-17-2009 at 12:41 PM


Very glad I got a look at your posts David. Very very interesting and really gets the historical imagination cooking as well!
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[*] posted on 10-17-2009 at 12:52 PM


Thanks David, interesting.



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[*] posted on 10-19-2009 at 11:16 AM


Thanks, David. It's always interesting to get a peek into life in Baja back then. It must have been hard living and traveling all those years ago.
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[*] posted on 10-20-2009 at 08:55 AM


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Thanks, David. It's always interesting to get a peek into life in Baja back then. It must have been hard living and traveling all those years ago.


I think this drawing says that best!:





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A Thorny Path, can't imagine what it must have been like in those days... Thanks and what a find on ebay



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A Thorny Path, can't imagine what it must have been like in those days... Thanks and what a find on ebay


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[*] posted on 10-21-2009 at 07:28 AM


David K, I just Googled J. Ross Browne and was amazed at the sheer volume of illustrated articles he wrote during his lifetime. Born in Ireland in 1817, and died about seven years after the publication of your article. A world traveler, to say the least. Interesting man, and so talented with pen and ink. Remember photography was a very young media, and though I imagine he probably hauled along a huge camera, most of his action drawings came right out of his head. Amazing!
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[*] posted on 10-22-2009 at 08:45 PM


Thanks for that Beachgirl!



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