"...a book that is a model for the treatment of the history of the cartography of a particular region... most satisfying textually and graphically... [the] first comprehensive chronological survey of mapping Southeast Asia and the European voyages of discovery to that part of the world."
(-Kenneth Nebenzahl, in Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America Newsletter)
"... a history of economics, ideology and adventure masquerading as a gorgeous coffe table book... ...seldom [has the story of Europe's discovery of Asia] been told from such a comprehensive viewpoint as Thomas Suarez'. Early Mapping of Southeast Asia is both an eye-popping and an eye-opening book."
(-The Maui News)
" 'Early, 'Mapping', and 'Southeast Asia' are each terms of wide interpretation in history, and in a lavish production this highly literate author takes each in a generous embrace... a wide range of types of mapping and cosmographical and topographical images is deployed, from the sixteen lower heavens of the Thai cosmos or cakkavala to coastal profiles in The English Pilot... many of the illustrations, particularly in the indigenous mapping chapters, have rarely been seen before to such effect... His commitment to the study of the work of the early European cartographers of Southeast Asia is apparent everywhere, and he gives few footholds for the critics of minutiae... [Discussed] minor criticisms apart, this is a stimulating work, and the Southeast Asian perspective it gives on European geographers' gropings for knowledge at the periphery of their world is fresh and revealing... I thoroughly recommend it to discerning readers."
(-Andrew S. Cook, India Office Records, The British Library, in Imago Mundi 53)
"...exceeded all my expectations. It's a wonderful book, with first-rate production values, a great deal of informative text, and many beautiful illustrations, some in color. The text is especially valuable, as Suarez covers in depth the history, culture, and geography of the area, as well as the map making from the 16th to the 19th centuries. It's a truly valuable book, and a necessary addition to all map collections." (-Fred Musto, Map Librarian of Yale University, in Map and Geography Round Table)
"... an intriguing book ...intellectually rich, hugely informative, and lucidly written ...at last the mapping of this important and fascinating area has the author and the book it deserves."
(-IMCoS Journal, summer, 2000).
"... an interesting juxtaposition of maps, tales of travellers and early explorers, excerpts from religious texts and other contemporary information from Western, Middle Eastern and Asian sources, Suarez details observations from the differing geographical and cosmological perspectives ... no library in Asia would be complete without it."
(-Sunday Star, Singapore)
"Suarez's beautifully laid out book will appeal to cartographers, map collectors and anyone keen to explore the history of the region through the looking glass of the early map... a scholarly and sumptuous publication not just for those interested in cartography but for anyone interested in the history, geography and cultures of Southeast Asia."
"Suarez very astutely details observations from the differing geographical and cosmological perspectives... he makes us feel what an exciting place Southeast Asia is for the traveller and adventurer."
(-Harold Stephens in The Bangkok Post)
"Thomas Suárez's admirable project, Early Mapping of Southeast Asia, patently a years-long labor of love, presents a history of contacts between Europe and Southeast Asia by means of maps and their development over the centuries. It is a story of fact and of fantasy, exploitation and trade, understanding and misunderstanding, and it is gorgeously illustrated by old, older, and ancient maps.. ... [the images] painstakingly and beautifully reproduced... readable and informative."
(-Douglas Spangle, The Asian Reporter)
"Suarez provides an excellent history of the region and its geographical importance, examining the history of its representation and exploration."
(-Midwest Book Review)
"Tom Suarez brings the subject to life with scholarly care and fine, clear writing ...for the first time we have a comprehensive and careful volume devoted entirely to the cartographic history of this important and fascinating area."
(-Mercators World Magazine).
"A truly exceptional book."