NSCC W. K. Morrison Special Collection

This Collection was donated to NSCC COGS by Walter Morrison, Cartographer Emeritus of COGS who was interested in antique maps as an illustration of the evolution of map making technology. It is a mixed media print collection of historical maps, atlases, periodicals and books that is focused on the early mapping of Atlantic Canada and specifically Nova Scotia. There are over 2000 items in the print collection; we invite you to follow us as we grow our digital collection.


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PLAN of the Redoubt and Intrenchment on the Heights of Charles-Town (commonly called Bunker's Hill), opposite Boston, in New-England, attacked and carried by his Majesty's Troops, June 17, 1775
PLAN of the Redoubt and Intrenchment on the Heights of Charles-Town (commonly called Bunker's Hill), opposite Boston, in New-England, attacked and carried by his Majesty's Troops, June 17, 1775
An English plan of the American's entrenchments of Breed's Hill at the Battle of Bunker Hill during the Revolutionary War. The plan is a woodcut. Text below the plan in the volume describes placement of trees at angles and details placement of troops at flanks and parapets. The text includes additional new on the American Revolution including: a letter intercepted by the British from Johan Adams to Abigail Adams showing his frustration with Congress, British letters published from George Washington to General Gage, signed petitions, and other intercepted letters., Coordinates derived via georeferencing in a loose approximation; the scale was calculated from the map's scale bar.
PLAN of the SIEGE of the HAVANA, Drawn by an OFFICER on the Spot 1762
PLAN of the SIEGE of the HAVANA, Drawn by an OFFICER on the Spot 1762
Plan indicates besieged camps, General Elliots Camp, Col. Hows Camp, The Governor's Fort in Havana. Plan is distinguished by positional etchings of 20 warships in the Bay of Havana and at least 108 warships moored along the coast. Numbers indicate depth soundings., Map of Havana Harbour, Cuba. Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule. The map reads with North facing to the bottom right corner. There is no scale bar on the map, scale was determined by measuring from the tip of Morro to the northern tip of Havana.
PLAN of the SOLWAY MOSS, Decribed in the Gent. Mag. for June, p.265
PLAN of the SOLWAY MOSS, Decribed in the Gent. Mag. for June, p.265
A large scale plan drawn by eye of the Solway Moss including a raised bog near Longtown, Cumbria, England made to accompany the author's description of its 'eruption' that occurred in 1771. Compare with A PLAN OF SOLWAY MOSS, in CUMBERLAND from 1779. Map etchings include the Gratney House in bottom left corner, several small houses and one large tree central in the Moss. There is descriptive text on pages 265-66 of the magazine from John Walker of Moffat.
PLAN of the TOWN and FORTIFICATIONS of HAVRE DE GRACE
PLAN of the TOWN and FORTIFICATIONS of HAVRE DE GRACE
A plan of the town of present day Le Havre, France. An 8 point compass rose helps marine navigation at the mouth of the harbour. Important buildings and facilities of France's 2nd most important port are described in the legend. Sandy beaches and other terrains are symbolized using differing patterns. accompanying text begins on page 30., Extensive changes to the port over time have made georeferencing difficult; the plan does not have a graticule, thus the coordinates are obtained via loose georeferencing. Difficult to reconcile representative fraction scale derived from scale bar (1 fathom = 6 feet) against real-world features for georeferencing.
PLAN of the Town and FORTIFICATIONS of MONTREAL or VILLE MARIE in CANADA
PLAN of the Town and FORTIFICATIONS of MONTREAL or VILLE MARIE in CANADA
Print shows map "Plan of the town & fortifications of Montreal or ville Marie in Canada" on the Saint Lawrence River, with insert of the gardens. A stoney cartouche etched to resemble stones, cliffs, foliage, and rapids upstream at Lachine. The Sulpician seminary and Notre-Dame Basilica are present, along with their gardens. The city walls are shown, and feathered arrows give the direction of the river's current. Oriented with north to the upper right. Shows buildings and fortifications. Of interest is the small island about 100 off the coast; originally known as Market Gate Island, then later as Oyster Island, it was linked to the mainland by a jetty in 1834 and from there gradually incorporated into the city. What is assumed to be an inset map of Monsieur Linieres' gardens may possibly be a walled enclosure. An alpha-numeric key is etched in upper left corner., There are two scale bars - one in French toises and the other in English yards, from which the scale was calculated, and there is no graticule present. The coordinates were obtained via georeferencing.
PLAN of the Town of PORTO BELLO
PLAN of the Town of PORTO BELLO
Accompanied by a legend below the map indicating fortifications and battle positions of ships during the 1739 battle between the English naval forces and Spanish defenders and represented an early victory for the English in the War of Austrian Succession. The depiction of some ships in the harbor have curious dustcloud-like illustrations., Map reads with Southwest facing to the top of the map. Scale bar is in English miles. Map was georeferenced with data aquired from USGS's Earth Explorer. Prime meridian is unknown, due to lack of graticule and information on the map.
PLAN of the proposed NAVIGABLE CANAL, from ANDOVER to REDBRIDGE, in the County of SOUTHAMPTON, Surveyd in 1770
PLAN of the proposed NAVIGABLE CANAL, from ANDOVER to REDBRIDGE, in the County of SOUTHAMPTON, Surveyd in 1770
A relief map depicting canals, rivers, bridges, and settlements along the canal. The cartouche is elaborated with scrolls., A plan of a proposed canal between Andover, Hampshire, and Millbrook, a suburb of Southampton. Like the majority of other canal maps in this collection, it is quite sparse in ornamentation, with some hatching to denote elevation and a sylvan style cartouche. The details of the locks are outlined in the table to the bottom right. The map is oriented with East at its top, and the scale bar is in English miles. Coordinates were derived via georeferencing, and the scale was calculated from the map's scale bar. This canal was eventually built with perhaps some small modifications. A good candidate for rubber sheeting as it does not match up well within the GIS.
PLAN of ye GREAT FIRE in BISHOPSGATE STREET LEADENHALL STREET and CORNHILL, &c. on Thursday Nov'r. 7th. 1765
PLAN of ye GREAT FIRE in BISHOPSGATE STREET LEADENHALL STREET and CORNHILL, &c. on Thursday Nov'r. 7th. 1765
"Plan shows extend of the ""Great Fire"" which occurred on Thursday morning November 7th, 1765 with detailed text written within the pages of this volume. The plan records names and places of interest South Sea House, Threadneedle Street; St. Martins Outwich (Damaged & S Steeple Burnt); Lydell and Metcalf, Attorneys; Archer, Goldsmith; Spence, Hair Mert; Revd Mr. Fayting; Moltershead Beer Warehouse; Cooper, Packer; Hold and Edwards, Milliners; Finch, Merchant; Guy, Gunsmith; Merchant Taylors Garden; Merchant Taylors Hall; Reeves's Academy; Huddleston, Milliners; le Gross and le Grass, Merchants; Pareiro, Merchant; Hoskins; Dr. Sylvester; Nail & Son, Taylors; Burden and Vaston, Tobacconists; White Lyon Court; White Lyon Tavern; Pinder, Linen Draper; Whiteside and Co., Attorneys; Spalding and Brander; Lamb, Stationer; Pinefinch, Optician; Vaux, Haberdasher; Shapley, Cabinet Maker; Crips; Sun Court; Bishopsgate Street; Kingsley, Attorney; Crips, Peruke Maker; Draper and Coxeter, Milliners; Vestit, Merchant; Higginbotham, Chinaman; Long, Broker; Deputy Long, Packer; Carn, Silkman; Clements, Tallow Chandler; Merry, Stationer; Jarvis, Black Lion; How, Barber; Butler, P. Clerk; Marjoram, Tinman; Rutland, Barber; Nags Head Tavern; Hardy, Hardwareman; Hanson, Glover; Willot, Linnen Draper; Farnborough, Plow Eating House; Merryman, Trunk Maker; Treadway, Glover; Mace, Slopseller; Bull Inn (Much Destroyed); Grant, Brush Maker; Leadenhall Street; Cornhill; Cogan & Palmer; Toper; Angel, Cook; St. Peters Church; Gracechurch Street; Warham & Cartwright, Cook; Court, Milliner; and Leaden Hall.", Map of the "Great Fire" in 1765. Located in downtown London, at the intersection of Bishopsgate and Cornhill. Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule. There is one scale bar on the map, in scale of yards, but scale was determined by measuring the distance between the corner of Cornhill and Bishopsgate and the corner of Threadneedle street and Bishopsgate.
PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA (Island of Cape Breton) [Sheet No. 10]
PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA (Island of Cape Breton) [Sheet No. 10]
There are notes on the map referring to Geological Survey reports. These reports were produced periodically as "Report of Progress". While the maps were issued on their own, they were also appended to these Reports. This map is referred to in other Geological Survey documents as the "Englishtown Sheet"., Notes outside the neat lines: "Compiled and drawn by Hugh Fletcher, from Plans made by the Admiralty, the Department of Crown Lands, Nova Scotia, and the Geological Survey" ; "To illustrate Reports by Hugh Fletcher, 1879 to 1884".
PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA (Island of Cape Breton) [Sheet No. 11]
PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA (Island of Cape Breton) [Sheet No. 11]
There are notes on the map refering to Geological Survey reports. These reports were produced periodically as "Report of Progress". While the maps were issued on their own, they were also appended to these Reports. This map is referred to in other Geological Survey documents as the "Margaree Sheet"., Notes outside the neat lines: "Compiled and drawn by Hugh Fletcher, from Plans made by the Admiralty, the Department of Crown Lands, Nova Scotia, and the Geological Survey" ; "To illustrate Reports by Hugh Fletcher, 1879 to 1884".
PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA (Island of Cape Breton) [Sheet No. 12]
PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA (Island of Cape Breton) [Sheet No. 12]
There are notes on the map refering to Geological Survey reports. These reports were produced periodically as "Report of Progress". While the maps were issued on their own, they were also appended to these Reports. This map is referred to in other Geological Survey documents as the "Baddeck Sheet"., Notes outside the neat lines: "Compiled and drawn by Hugh Fletcher, from Plans made by the Admiralty, the Department of Crown Lands, Nova Scotia, and the Geological Survey" ; "To illustrate Reports by Hugh Fletcher, 1879 to 1884".
PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA (Island of Cape Breton) [Sheet No. 13]
PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA (Island of Cape Breton) [Sheet No. 13]
There are notes on the map refering to Geological Survey reports. These reports were produced periodically as "Report of Progress". While the maps were issued on their own, they were also appended to these Reports. This map is referred to in other Geological Survey documents as the "Middle River Sheet"., Notes outside the neat lines: "Compiled and drawn by Hugh Fletcher, from Plans made by the Admiralty, the Department of Crown Lands, Nova Scotia, and the Geological Survey" ; "To illustrate Reports by Hugh Fletcher, 1879 to 1884".
PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA (Island of Cape Breton) [Sheet No. 14]
PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA (Island of Cape Breton) [Sheet No. 14]
There are notes on the map refering to Geological Survey reports. These reports were produced periodically as "Report of Progress". While the maps were issued on their own, they were also appended to these Reports. This map is referred to in other Geological Survey documents as the "Broad Cove Sheet"., Notes outside the neat lines: "Compiled and drawn by Hugh Fletcher, from Plans made by the Admiralty, the Department of Crown Lands, Nova Scotia, and the Geological Survey" ; "To illustrate Reports by Hugh Fletcher, 1879 to 1884".

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