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Historical Atlas of Toronto

April 2009

“In a neat and attractive package, Derek Hayes shows us Toronto through the power of maps. …It is a major contribution to our knowledge and appreciation of Toronto.”

Fife and Drum, Apr 7, 2009
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March 2009

“Hayes provides the diligent reader with a visual feast of over 300 maps, along with illustrations and period photographs detailing the growth and development of Toronto and its surrounding region. The effort and care put into research and reproduction, particularly of the pre-19th century maps, is quite evident and welcome, as is the commentary that goes along with every map. …Historical Atlas of Toronto makes a truly valuable contribution to the city’s historical literature and should be sought out by anyone with a serious interest in Toronto’s past.”

The Indexer, Mar 17, 2009
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December 2008

“Hayes’ new book Historical Atlas of Toronto is a superb collection of rare maps, each of which was prepared to record, promote, define or illustrate an historical event of chapter in the city’s growth. There are early street maps, waterfront maps, early housing subdivision maps, transportation route maps and so on. In fact, it’s almost impossible to put into words the incredible selection Derek has amassed in his new book. You’ve got to see the book to believe it!”

Toronto Sun, Dec 14, 2008
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December 2008

“More than 200 maps, supplemented by period photographs and illustrations, chart Toronto’s progress from remote native village to ‘world city.’ The real strength is with the early years and the careful reproduction of detail from 17th and 19th-century French and British maps. An abundance of splendid 19th-century maps portray most effectively the city’s rapid growth and the immense impact of industrialization. The growth of the suburbs, the ever-changing waterfront, the controversies that came with unfettered expansion – all are here.”

Globe and Mail, Dec 6, 2008
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November 2008

Historical Atlas of Toronto… revives the city’s past through stunning full-colour maps, rare historical documents and rich stories. …Colourful maps of historic Fort York, the Canadian National Exhibition and ‘new’ suburban areas… are supplemented with insightful notes and archival illustrations of buildings, people and streets. …Those with an appreciation for the city’s history and growth will enjoy perusing this thorough and well-produced book.”

Canadian Jewish News, Nov 19, 2008
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November 2008

“The Historical Atlas of Toronto is a most interesting visual approach to Toronto life, past and present. …From the very first page, you are captivated by the history of the city and how it grew. …With more than 300 maps, some two pages, we find a host of information not previously known about Toronto. The maps represent a history lesson, of business and industry all around the city. Historical Atlas of Toronto is that and more, telling us how Toronto became one of the most celebrated cities in Canada.”

Shelf Life, Nov 1, 2008
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October 2008

“Archival photographs and ephemera, along with an engrossing text, complement the maps, shedding light on everything… Here is a captivating look at the region’s development, from Mississauga to Oshawa, with many stops in between.”

Ontario Professional Surveyor Magazine, Oct 21, 2008
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September 2008

“To say that historian and geographer Derek Hayes loves maps is an understatement. …Hayes has reproduced some truly striking examples of cartography. Gorgeous Victorian-era maps done in a bird’s-eye perspective were next to useless for navigating the city. But their artfully rendered perspective… show a city booming and filled with promise. …The result is a unique visual look at Toronto that deserves the attention of anyone with an interest in its history.”

Spacing Magazine, Sep 30, 2008
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August 2008

Hayes: “‘I always felt history books short-changed maps,’ he says. ‘They show so much information in a very succinct way, and yet they’re ignored by a lot of historians. I decided to try to redress the balance.’ …His 10th book is Historical Atlas of Toronto. Hayes scoured libraries and archives to collect the 300-plus maps that appear in the book, which traces the city from trading fort to thriving metropolis.”

National Post, Aug 23, 2008
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