Author(s): Thomas Suarez
The Pacific Ocean remained a mystery to mapmakers until the latter part of the eighteenth century. This book traces the exploration and charting of the great ocean through a cornucopia of rare and beautiful maps stretching from Japan on the northwest through Juan Fernandez on the southeast, with the varied islands of Oceania the main focus. It follows the story from Classical times up to the turn of the twentieth century.
Thomas Suarez is a well-known authority on early maps whose previous books include "Early Mapping of Southeast Asia" (Periplus,2000), which has become a standard work in the field. He has served as curator and advisor for collections and exhibitions dealing with the history of cartography, and has been an important source for early maps for the past twenty-five years.