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Early mapping of Southeast Asia
Suárez, Thomas.
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Publication Information:
[Singapore?]: Periplus Editions (HK) Ltd., [1999]

Physical Description:
1 atlas (280 pages) : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 31 cm
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G2261.S1 S8 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

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With dozens of rare color maps and other documents, Early Mapping of Southeast Asia follows the story of map-making, exploration and colonization in Asia from the 16th to the 19th centuries.

It documents the idea of Southeast Asia as a geographical and cosmological construct, from the earliest of times up until the down of the modern era. using maps, itineraries, sailing instructions, traveler's tales, religious texts and other contemporary sources, it examines the representation of Southeast Asia, both from the historical perspective of Western exploration and cartography, and also through the eyes of Asian neighbors.

Southeast Asia has always occupied a special place in the imaginations of East and West. This book recounts the fascinating story of how Southeast Asia was, quite literally, put on the map, both in cartographic terms and as a literary and imaginative concept.

Author Notes

Thomas Suarez , a resident of Hawthorne, New York, has been well known in the field of early maps for may years. He has helped create some of the finest collections of maps, both private and institutional, and served as curator for exhibits at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington D.C., the Addison Gallery of American Art, and Bristol-Myers Squibb Gallery.

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Library Journal Review

Map expert Su rez (Shedding the Veil), who has served as a curator for map exhibits at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, DC, has assembled a fascinating corpus of period maps to illustrate the use of cartography by Europeans in their exploration, interpretation, and subsequent colonization of Southeast Asia from the 16th to the 19th centuries. For the purpose of this study, Southeast Asia is defined as mainland areas east of the Ganges River, through Burma, Thailand, Indochina, and the Malay Peninsula as well as the insular region from the Nicobar and Andaman Islands in the Indian Ocean to Indonesia, the Philippines, and Taiwan. The authoritative text includes informative references to notable cartographers and explorers readily accessible through the index. Although the emphasis is on European maps, one chapter is entirely devoted to Asian maps of Southeast Asia. This unusual but handsome resource (of the 120 illustrations, 50 are reproduced in full color) is recommended for all public and academic libraries, particularly those with extensive cartographic or Asian history collections.--Edward K. Werner, St. Lucie Cty. Lib. Syst., Ft. Pierce, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.