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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A PLAN of the City of PRAGUE, with the French and Austrian Camps [on plate with] City of EGRA [on plate with] Southern View of PRAGUE
A PLAN of the City of PRAGUE, with the French and Austrian Camps [on plate with] City of EGRA [on plate with] Southern View of PRAGUE
There are 3 nice illustrations accompanying the map, one of Maria Teresa, Queen of Hungary, one a view of the city of EGRA (the historic name for Cheb in the Czech Republic), and last a Southern View of Prague. The map and both views have key locations indicated.
A PLAN of the GRAND CANAL now making between LEEDS and LIVERPOOL
A PLAN of the GRAND CANAL now making between LEEDS and LIVERPOOL
Elaborate cartouche in upper left corner of map. Hills, and embankments are etched along the meandering canal including placement of homesteads., A plan of the Grand Canal from the mouth of the River Mersey to Leeds in northern England. It is sparsely ornamented with a sylvan border for the cartouche and light hatching to show some topography. Distance from Leeds to Bason and Bason to Liverpool via the canal are tabled and the scale bar is in English miles. The coordinates were derived via georeferencing, and the scale was calculated from the scale bar.
A PLAN of the HARBOUR and TOWN of LOUISBOURG in the ISLAND of CAPE BRETON, Drawn on the Spot
A PLAN of the HARBOUR and TOWN of LOUISBOURG in the ISLAND of CAPE BRETON, Drawn on the Spot
Accompanies article: DESCRIPTION of the Town and Harbour of LOUISBURG in CAPE BRETON ; and some Observations of the great Importance of that Settlement., The scale is in toises. Walter's note: From: Grand Magazine of Universal Intelligence February, 1758 opp. p. 85; Jolly: Maps in British Periodicals, Part II, p.181, GMUI-1
A PLAN of the Intended Navigable Canal form LEEDS to SELBY, proposded to cumminicate in the TOWNSHIP of HOLBECK, with the CANAL now making betweed LEEDS & LIVERPOOL, with a View of the Rivers AIRE and CALDER
A PLAN of the Intended Navigable Canal form LEEDS to SELBY, proposded to cumminicate in the TOWNSHIP of HOLBECK, with the CANAL now making betweed LEEDS & LIVERPOOL, with a View of the Rivers AIRE and CALDER
A large scale plan of a proposed navigable canal from Leeds to Selby, England. The proposed canal is symbolized by a single thick and solid line, while the existing water system is shown as double-lined. The numbers along the River Aire appear to correspond to features along the river, but as yet remain unknown. Seats appear to be symbolized by small vingettes. The large illustrations accompany a different article on page 353 concerning artifacts found near Reculver, Kent., The scale was calculated from the map's scale bar, and the coordinates were derived via georeferencing.
A PLAN of the NAVIGABLE CANAL, now making from CHESTERFIELD, in the COUNTY of DERBY, to the RIVER TRENT, near STOCKWITH in the COUNTY of NOTTINGHAM, Survey'd in 1770
A PLAN of the NAVIGABLE CANAL, now making from CHESTERFIELD, in the COUNTY of DERBY, to the RIVER TRENT, near STOCKWITH in the COUNTY of NOTTINGHAM, Survey'd in 1770
The map shows complications of planning the canal in the context of water supply complying with the Act of parliament in 1771., A plan of the canal from Chesterfield to Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. A large cartouche of a sylvan pattern dominates the centre, while the rest of the map has little ornament. It is decently accurate within a GIS. The scale was calculated from the map's scale bar, and the coordinates were derived via georeferencing.
A PLAN of the Navigable Canal, now making from COOPER BRIDGE, to HUDDERSFIELD, in the COUNTY of YORK
A PLAN of the Navigable Canal, now making from COOPER BRIDGE, to HUDDERSFIELD, in the COUNTY of YORK
Three related canal plans detail the large effort being made to expand the network of navigable canals throughout England. The canal is still open and is known as the Huddersfield Broad or Sir John Ramsden's Canal. It is part of one of three trans-Pennine canal routes. The letters along the proposed canal correspond to the locks found within the large table., Large scale plan of a proposed navigable canal between Huddersfield Bridge and Cooper Bridge in York County, England oriented with NW at the top. The scale was calculated from the map's scale bar, and the coordinates were derived via georeferencing.
A PLAN of the RIVER SALWARP, and of the NAVIGABLE CANAL, from DROITWICH, to the RIVER SEVERN, in the COUNTY of WORCESTER
A PLAN of the RIVER SALWARP, and of the NAVIGABLE CANAL, from DROITWICH, to the RIVER SEVERN, in the COUNTY of WORCESTER
This plan presents a very decorative cartouche. Following the Croitwich Barge Canal Act of 1768, the Croitwich was linked to the River Severn, Janes Brindley's contour canal opened enabling economical carriage of salt products from the brine sources of Droitwich to wider markets., A plan of the canal from modern day Droitwich Spa southwest to the River Severn. The map is oriented with SSE at the top with a one mile scale bar divided into 8 furlongs. Trees are drawn to show wooded areas, and the cartouche border has the same motif. The map's scale was calculated from its scale bar, and the coordinates were derived via georeferecing. A good candidate for rubber sheeting as it does not match well within a GIS.
A PLAN of the SIEGE of the HAVANA, Drawn by an OFFICER on the Spot 1762
A 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.
A PLAN of the TOWN AND CHART of the HARBOUR of BOSTON Exhibiting a View of the Islands, Castle Forts and Entrances into the said Harbour
A PLAN of the TOWN AND CHART of the HARBOUR of BOSTON Exhibiting a View of the Islands, Castle Forts and Entrances into the said Harbour
This chart documents the Port of Boston at the dawn of the American Revolution. Under the strain of the Boston Port Act imposed during the winter of 1774-75, New Englanders continued to agitate against their British government. An article accompanying the map is entitled “An Account of the Proceedings of the American Colonists since the Passing of the Boston Port Bill.” It informs the readers that the Governor had assured the town that “he will do all in his power to secure the peace and good order of the town" and goes on to list “the regiments, & companies now at Boston.” An English map of the seaward approach to Boston during the American Revolutionary War with a compass rose showing rhumb lines for the British sailors planning to enter the harbour. Soundings are taken around the islands and in the channels and guts. Dangerous rocks are marked by crosses, and sand banks by broken lines. Forts throughout the harbour are shown, and urban areas are symbolized by hatching., A line a lattidue and a line of longitude intersect at Boston detailing degrees north from the equator and west from the London Prime Meridian. The scale was calculated by the map's scale bar, and the coordinated were derived via georeferencing.
A PLAN of ye GREAT FIRE in BISHOPSGATE STREET LEADENHALL STREET and CORNHILL, &c. on Thursday Nov'r. 7th. 1765
A 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.
A Particular MAP, to Illustrate Gen. Amherst's Expedition to MONTREAL; with a Plan of the Town & Draught of the Island
A Particular MAP, to Illustrate Gen. Amherst's Expedition to MONTREAL; with a Plan of the Town & Draught of the Island
Map depicts General Amherst's expedition along St. Lawrence River from Quebec to the Thousand Islands and onto the Niagara River, also a plan of the city of Montreal. Included on the map are the names of First Nations such as Iroquois, Senekaa, Cayugaes, etc. An inset map details the plan of the city itself including major streets and fortifications., Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of Graticule and information. There is a scale bar on each map. Inset map for Montreal has its own legend with place's within the City of Montreal.
A Perspective View of the City of BATH
A Perspective View of the City of BATH
Map views cannot be fully georeferenced because the scale and perspective varies across the view.
A Plan of BREDA, with the Adjacent Countries
A Plan of BREDA, with the Adjacent Countries
Prime meridian is unknown due to lack of information on the map. There are three scale bars represented on the map, English Miles, Dutch Miles and German Miles.
A Plan of CONSTANTINOPLE Places adjacent and Canal of the BLACK SEA
A Plan of CONSTANTINOPLE Places adjacent and Canal of the BLACK SEA
Map of Constantinople with key identifying 75 locations focusing on the topography of the city and surrounding area. Individual tress, plowed fields, and buildings are etched. Elaborate cartouche features military swords, other weapons, flags, and a jeweled turban., Map of Istanbul. Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule. There is one scale bar on the map, represented in Italian Miles. Map reads with North facing to the Left. There is an arrow in the canal that shows that the water flows from North to South.

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