Daddy Todd wrote:
It seems very likely that the author had little or nothing to do with the pictures used to illustrate his text.
What makes it seem very likely? Authors often have little control over covers (marketing) but since the authors know their text and where pictures could/should help, they usually have quite a bit of input as to illustrations. In a book proposal to publishers, that is one thing publishers want to know is how many pics will be needed, since licensing them is a cost. It seems unlikely that some publisher would have known more about these obscure Trek trims than the very-knowledgable authors in question.
Well, largely because there is no reference to individual illustrations in the text itself. They're not an intrinsic part of the book, just a way of breaking up the pages and adding some visual interest. Authors don't typically lay out pages, and the positioning of the pics is part of the process of designing the physical book.
But I don't know for sure, of course. None of us posting here do. I just wouldn't want the writer blamed for something he had no hand in. Like I said, I wish I knew how to contact him and ask, but so far I haven't been able to track him down online. Maybe he's on Facebook...?
ETA: I did find him on FB, and he has posted what look to me like a couple of the offending Restorations. That's not points in his favor.