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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VICTORIA, PORT PHILLIP
VICTORIA, PORT PHILLIP
A map of the state of Victoria with brightly hand-coloured county borders. A view of Melbourne, and another of the River Glenig are present, as are engravings of Aboriginals in battle and at rest, and 2 kangaroos. Relief is shown, and coastlines are lightly shaded in blue watercolouring and with the use of tinting tools., The scale bar is in miles, and Greenwich is used for the prime meridian; the scale was calculated from the map's scale bar and the coordinates were obtained via georeferencing.
VIEW of the Town and CASTLE of ST. AUGUSTINE, and the ENGLISH CAMP before it June 20.1740
VIEW of the Town and CASTLE of ST. AUGUSTINE, and the ENGLISH CAMP before it June 20.1740
This maps changes perspective from a map view at the top to more of a coastal view at the bottom. It is accompanied by text describing the siege., Because of the map perspective, the coordinates are approximate.
View of CADIZ in SPAIN from the West [on plate with] PLAN of the BAY and ROADS of CADIZ
View of CADIZ in SPAIN from the West [on plate with] PLAN of the BAY and ROADS of CADIZ
A plan of Cadiz, Spain, along with its waters and surrounding area accompanied by a view of the city from the bay during rather tumultuous seas. The plan shows many characteristics of a chart including soundings, sand banks, rocks/hazards, and rhumb lines. The top half of page depicts the bay and view of the city with structures of windmills, churches, homes, and fortifications. Several boats both single mast and battleships are depicted as are vigorous wave action., The scale bar is in marine leagues, and there is no graticule present; the scale was calculated from the scale bar and coordinated were obtained via georeferencing.
View of PORT ROYAL and KINGSTON HARBOUR in the Island of JAMAICA
View of PORT ROYAL and KINGSTON HARBOUR in the Island of JAMAICA
This illustration is taken from Edward Long's 'The History of Jamaica,' and depicts the harbours of Port and Kingston. During the 17th century Port Royal flourished and was the principal Spanish trading port but it was later devastated by an earthquake in 1692, a fire in 1703 and a hurricane in 1722. Eventually the town was abandoned and Spanish Town became the island's capital (until 1872, when it transferred to Kingston). Kingston harbour was considered the most beautiful in the world at this time. A view of the Port Royal/Kingston, Jamaica harbour viewed from its entrance to the south. From this vantage, Port Royal appears possibly on top of the water, and the tombolo forming the Palisadoes seem incredibly narrow, possibly due to the earthquake of 1692., Coordinates refer to center point to which the image is referenced in right-reading.
WEST CANADA
WEST CANADA
A map of "West Canada" divided down to the township level, ranging from past the Ontario - Québec border to Cockburn Island in the North Channel of Lake Huron. Engravings of Niagara Falls, Kingston, Natives at rest, and a beaver, along with the Great Seal of Upper Canada., The scale bar is in miles, and Greenwich is used for the prime meridian; the scale was calculated from the map's scale bar and the coordinates were obtained via georeferencing.
WESTERN AUSTRALIA, SWAN RIVER
WESTERN AUSTRALIA, SWAN RIVER
A map of the southwestern portion of the state of Western Australia, focusing on the area around Swan River, with brightly hand-coloured county borders. Engravings of pastoral, aboriginal, and maritime scenes are present throughout the map, along with a view between Perth and Fremantle, and Great Seal of Western Australia at that time. Relief is shown, and coastlines are lightly shaded in blue watercolouring and with the use of tinting tools., The scale bar is in miles, and Greenwich is used for the prime meridian; the scale was calculated from the map's scale bar and the coordinates were obtained via georeferencing.
WESTERN HEMISPEHERE
WESTERN HEMISPEHERE
A steel engraved hemispheric style map of the Western Hemisphere. Hand-coloured lines delineate national borders. Engraved vignettes of scenes depicting New World wildlife, and scenes of ordinary life of the locals, each in its own oval or round border, frame the map proper. Islands with pink outlines show certain British territories. Relief is shown, along with coastal shading., Greenwich is used for the prime meridian, and no scale bar is present; the scale and coordinates were calculated using the map's graticule.
WORLD ON MERCATOR'S PROJECTION
WORLD ON MERCATOR'S PROJECTION
A steel engraved map of the world using a Mercator projection, with hand coloured continental borders (except for the British Isles, which are done in the same pink as its dependencies), and pink lines to denote British colonies. 7 illustrations (drawn by Warren) of prominent world landmarks are present throughout the work, and the steam routes to the colonies from Britain are coloured in blue. Relief is shown, and coastlines are shaded using tinting tools., Greenwich is used for the prime meridian, and no scale bar is present; the scale and coordinates were calculated using the map's graticule.
WORLD ON MERCATOR'S PROJECTION SHEWING THE VOYAGES OF CAPTAIN COOK ROUND THE WORLD
WORLD ON MERCATOR'S PROJECTION SHEWING THE VOYAGES OF CAPTAIN COOK ROUND THE WORLD
A world map showing Cook's 3 voyages in the Mercator projection. A legend for the vessel track sits in the bottom right corner, and continental borders are hand-coloured. An engraving of one of Cook's ships sit in the bottom centre., No scale bar is present, and Greenwich is used for the prime meridian; the scale was calculated from the map's graticule and the coordinates were obtained via georeferencing.
[Asia, Russia & Turkey, Frontiers]
[Asia, Russia & Turkey, Frontiers]
Map covers the Cossack area of eastern Ukraine., Scale was determined by measuring between a degree of longitude. Corner Coordinates were determined by performing graticule math.
[Bay of Biscay]
[Bay of Biscay]
Woodcut covering the coastline from the Lizard Peninsula in England to the Strait of Gibraltar. Perhaps due to space restrictions, the English Channel appears closed off between England and France. The map is accompanied by a written description of the movement of English fleets., Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of graticule grid. Scale was deteremined by measuring from the tip of Cape Finisterre , Portugal, to the northern point of Cadiz.
[England, Humber River, Spurn Point]
[England, Humber River, Spurn Point]
Chart indicates low water marks, depth in fathoms, and ships course taken around the point. Dotted areas indicate banks and shoals. Of significance on this chart are locations of proposed lights and compass lines., A map of Spurn Point, Located on the east coast of the United Kingdom. Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule. There is one scale bar on the bottom of the map, represented in Miles. Map reads with North facing to the top of the map. I can only assume that the lines throughout the map are indication of current?
[Europe, Germany, Sheet no. 20]
[Europe, Germany, Sheet no. 20]
Map of Germany and part of Czechoslovakia. Map has detailed etchings of towns, pathways, rivers, and churches., Map of Germany and Czech Rep. Prime Meridian is unknown. Scale was determined by measuring distance from Prague to Rakonitz. The Latitude graticule does not match the distance from the Equator, and the top graticule is running with Letters. There are no scale bars on the Map.
[Europe, Germany, Sheet no. 21]
[Europe, Germany, Sheet no. 21]
Untitled map of Germany pictorially detailing pathways, churches, villages, towns, forests, and rivers. Regions named: Circulus, Map of Germany and Czech Republic. Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule. There is no scale bar on the map, scale was determined by measuring the distance between Melnick and Sobotka.
[Europe, Germany, Sheet no. 26]
[Europe, Germany, Sheet no. 26]
Untitled map of Germany detailing pathways, churches, villages, towns, forests, and rivers. Regions named: Ertzeburgicus, Circuius, Litomericensis, Map of Germany, Prime meridian is London. The longitude is set with letters. There is no scale bar.

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