MARITIME HISTORY OF BAJA CALIFORNIA - A Photographic Essay on the Harbors, Anchorages, and Special Ships of the Baja California Peninsula by Edward W. Vernon. Viejo Press, Santa Barbara, CA, published with the cooperation of the Maritime Museum of San Diego, distributed by the U. of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, NM. 2010. $49.95 hardcover, ISBN 978-0-578-03668-7, 11" x 8-1/2", maps on endpages, color/black-and-white photographs and illustrations, glossary, bibliography, index.
The visual matter is mostly photographs, but not entirely. There are illustrations, historic prints, and maps too. These with running text on history, geography, commerce, and major points of interest bring the Baja Peninsula to attention as having a part throughout history and today as well in the discovery, growth, and development of the wider Pacific coast region including California and Mexico. In the contemporary time, the peninsula attracts especially vacationers and boaters.
Vernon organizes the diverse material around the peninsula's primary bays. He is a retired businessperson living in Santa Barbara, California, with a keen and incomparable interest and knowledge of the location. Besides bringing to view the interwoven histories of parts of the Peninsula, Vernon's work with elements of a gift book is an ideal souvenir or reference; which for some readers would inspire a trip once seeing what it has to offer in the way of activities and sites of interest.