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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38 MAPS. UNION ATLAS, CONTAINING New and Improved Maps OF ALL THE EMPIRES, KINGDOMS, & STATES, IN THE KNOWN WORLD, Designed as a Companion to the various Gazetteers & books of Geography now in use
38 MAPS. UNION ATLAS, CONTAINING New and Improved Maps OF ALL THE EMPIRES, KINGDOMS, & STATES, IN THE KNOWN WORLD, Designed as a Companion to the various Gazetteers & books of Geography now in use
1) The Western Hemisphere, or New World. 2) The Eastern Hemisphere, or Old World. 3) A New Map of Europe. 4) Denmark. 5) Sweden, Denmark, & Norway. 6) Russia in Europe. 7) Russian Empire. 8) A New Map of Scotland from the latest authorities. 9) A New Map of England and Wales. 10) United Kingdom of England, Scotland, and Ireland. 11) A New Map of Ireland. 12) A New Map of France divided into its Departments. 13) Holland. 14) Poland & Prussia, from the latest Authorities. 15) Netherlands, and that Part of Germany West of the Rhine, as ceded to France. 16) A New Map of Germany. 17) Switzerland. 18) Hungary. 19) A New Map of Spain and Portugal, Divided into their respective Kingdoms and Provinces. 20) Italy. 21) A New Map of Turkey in Europe. 22) A New Map of Turkey in Asia. 23) China. 24) The East India Islands. 25) Persia. 26) A New Map of Asia, from the Best Authorities. 27) Hindoostan. 28) A New Map of Africa from Recent Authorities. 29) North America, from the Latest Authorities. 30) The United States of America. 31) The West India Islands. 32) South America, from the Latest Authorities. 33) Arabia. 34) Egypt. 35) Greece. 36) A Chart of the World on Mercator's Projection. 37) Romanum Imperium. 38) Graecia Antiqua
A CHART of the BALTIC SEA, GULFS OF FINLAND and BOTHNIA., with the SOUND, Drawn from the best Maps & Charts
A CHART of the BALTIC SEA, GULFS OF FINLAND and BOTHNIA., with the SOUND, Drawn from the best Maps & Charts
Map with text explaining the ceding of Swedish territory to Russia. Map details the coasts of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland as well as the Baltic republics and Germany., Map of the Baltic Sea. Prime Meridian is based in London. Scale was determined by measuring between 5 degrees of Latitude. Map reads with North Facing to the top of the map. There is a scale bar along the right side of the latitude grid, in leagues.
A CHART of the WORLD according to Mercators Projection Shewing the latest discoveries of Capt. COOK
A CHART of the WORLD according to Mercators Projection Shewing the latest discoveries of Capt. COOK
Shows the tracks of Capt. James Cook's voyages from 1768-1780. Antarctica is not shown and is referenced as different forms of ice blocking the path. Bering Strait is shown impassible due to ice between both continents on July 1779. Engraved under the cartouche "O'clock Hours at London" and the bottom graticule shows hours at lines of longitude. This is one of the earliest maps we've seen indicating time., Projection makes it difficult to obtain accurate latitude coordinates.
A Complete MAP of GERMANY comprehending in one View the different Seats of the Present War
A Complete MAP of GERMANY comprehending in one View the different Seats of the Present War
Map covers most of Europe as depicted during the Seven Years' War. Map shows larger towns and major rivers specifically the Rhine River from source to its mouth beyond Rotterdam., Map of Germany. Prime Meridian is London. No scale bar on the map, Scale was determined by measuring between a degree of latitude.
A MAP OF DEVON-SHIRE Drawn from the best Authorities
A MAP OF DEVON-SHIRE Drawn from the best Authorities
Includes an engraving of the Arms of Exeter in the lower left corner.
A MAP OF THE COUNTRY AROUND DRESDEN, with the Towns and Fortresses which the serveral Armies have occupied during the Campaign
A MAP OF THE COUNTRY AROUND DRESDEN, with the Towns and Fortresses which the serveral Armies have occupied during the Campaign
Map of the counties Lusatia, Misnia, and Bohemia around the city of Dresden, Germany., Map of the city of Dreseden and the surrounding country, Germany. Prime meridian is based in London. Map reads with North facing to the top of the map. There are two scale bars on the map, one in English Miles, and the other in German Miles.
A MAP of MARTINICO, from the latest and best AUTHORITIES
A MAP of MARTINICO, from the latest and best AUTHORITIES
Map shows forested areas, shoals on the coast, anchorages, water mills, sugar works, and towns. Inset map depicts Guadeloupe Island., Map of Martinique Island. Prime Meridian is London. Map reads with North facing to the top of the map. There is one scale bar on the map, in English Miles. Small legend on the bottom of the map. There is one inset map in the bottom left side of Guadeloupe Island, the inset map has one scale bar in English Miles. The Prime Meridian is London. Map reads with North pointing to the right of the map.
A MAP of the BRITISH & FRENCH PLANTATIONS in NORTH AMERICA
A MAP of the BRITISH & FRENCH PLANTATIONS in NORTH AMERICA
"This map was intended as the title map for two other maps which when all joined would cover, south to Georgia and the Carolinas, and west to the Great Lakes based on the Mitchell map." (Kershaw 351)
A MAP of the BRITISH AND FRENCH SETTLEMENTS IN NORTH AMERICA
A MAP of the BRITISH AND FRENCH SETTLEMENTS IN NORTH AMERICA
There are several interesting notes on the founding of the various English settlements covered by the map. The accompanying magazine article points out that the purpose of the map is illustrate the "just" claims of Great Britain and the "encroachments" of the French.
A MAP of the COUNTRY between CROWN POINT and FORT EDWARD
A MAP of the COUNTRY between CROWN POINT and FORT EDWARD
Map of Lake George showing various bays, points, and ponds. At tributaries depicted include Shone Creek, Hudson's River, and East Creek. Walking paths demarcated include Dieskan's Path and others unnamed., Map of Lake George, located in New York State. The Prime meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule. There is one scale bar on the map, in Miles. The map reads with North facing to the top of the map. There are swamp lands indicated throughout the map. Map was referenced with data acquired from USGS's Earth Explorer
A MAP of the Countries Adjacent to CARLISLE shewing the Route of the REBELS with their principal FORDS over ye R'r EDEN
A MAP of the Countries Adjacent to CARLISLE shewing the Route of the REBELS with their principal FORDS over ye R'r EDEN
Map of the route of the 2nd Jacobite Rebellion in the area surrounding Carlisle. There is a nice inset of Carlisle Castle in the bottom left corner, as well as a legend on the bottom of the map indicating important locations., The prime meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule. There is one scale bar on the map, represented in British Miles.
A MAP of the SEAT of WAR on the RHINE, and parts adjacent, in GERMANY
A MAP of the SEAT of WAR on the RHINE, and parts adjacent, in GERMANY
Map of regions of Germany including Franconia and Thuringia and the Rhine River. The map title includes an etching of a crowned eagle., Map of the greater part of Germany. Prime Meridian is London. There are two scale bars on the map, one in English Miles, the other in Germany Miles. Map reads with North facing to the top of the map.
A MAP of the STATES of VIRGINIA, NORTH CAROLINA, SOUTH CAROLINA and GEORGIA comprehending the SPANISH PROVINCES of EAST and WEST FLORIDA
A MAP of the STATES of VIRGINIA, NORTH CAROLINA, SOUTH CAROLINA and GEORGIA comprehending the SPANISH PROVINCES of EAST and WEST FLORIDA
It's interesting that a map purporting to show treaty boundaries shows no boundaries between the states, but it's clearly representative of the time the map was made; the very first instance of this map by John Purcell was drawn circa 1788., London is used as the prime meridian. Scale is measured in units of British miles 69 1/2 = 1 degree.

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