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 MAP of the Cape of GOOD HOPE & the Country adjacent
A MAP of the Cape of GOOD HOPE & the Country adjacent
Map of Cape Colony in the mid Eighteenth century. Of note: triangulation for measuring the arc of the meridian at Cape Town. Map illustrates an article on Nicolas-Louis de Lacaille's survey to determine the shape of the earth at the Cape of Good Hope. Interestingly, despite flawless calculations and precise measurements, his results indicated that Earth was pear-shaped, an error caused by failure to take into account the Newtonian gravitational effect of the Cape mountains on the plumb bob., Map of the Cape of Good Hope, Located on the Southern West Coast of Africa, Prime Meridian determined to be Paris. The map has one scale bar, represented in French Toise. There is a triangle on the map, not really sure what it depicts, a line of travel possibly.
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 ISLAND of ORLEANS with the ENVIRONS of QUEBEC
A MAP of the ISLAND of ORLEANS with the ENVIRONS of QUEBEC
Map shows city and adjacent region including the Island of Orleans. This map was published within a month of the surrender of Quebec., A map of Isle of Orleans, Quebec. Scale bar is English miles. The prime meridian is unknown due to lack of graticule and information. The map reads with North facing to the top right corner of the map and was referenced with data aquired from USGS's Earth Explorer.
A MAP of the MOUTHS of the GANGES in the BAY of BENGAL shewing the English Settlements lately Destroy'd by the Nabob of that Province
A MAP of the MOUTHS of the GANGES in the BAY of BENGAL shewing the English Settlements lately Destroy'd by the Nabob of that Province
"Shows not only the English settlements along the Ganges including Colicotta but also those of other Europeans – Shinshura (Shinsura) established by the Dutch and Shandernagor (Chandernagore) by the French etc. The Nabob referred to is Siraj ud-Daulah (1733 -1757), the last Nawab of Bengal before the province’s incorporation by the East India Company. The accompanying text in the Gentleman's Quarterly gives a detailed account of the areas development. Shows not only the English settlements along the Ganges including Colicotta but also those of other Europeans – Shinshura (Shinsura) established by the Dutch and Shandernagor (Chandernagore) by the French etc., A map of the North Coast of the Bay of Bangal, Located on the East coast of India. Prime Meridian is London. The Map reads with North facing to the top of the map. There are two scale bares on the map, One in English Miles, the other in English/French Leagues.
A MAP of the NEW CONTINENT according to its greatest diametrical Length from the River la Plata to beyond the Lake of the Assiniboils
A MAP of the NEW CONTINENT according to its greatest diametrical Length from the River la Plata to beyond the Lake of the Assiniboils
Map of North & South America, the Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule on the map. There is one scale bar in the bottom right corner, represented in degrees. North is facing the top right hand corner of the map.
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.
A MAP of the UNITED STATES of AMERICA Agreeable to the Peace of 1783
A MAP of the UNITED STATES of AMERICA Agreeable to the Peace of 1783
According to McCorkle (785.4) this map was engraved by William Darton and appeared, unchanged, in Guthrie's "A new system of modern geography" from 1786-1795. No scale bar on map.
A MAP of the WORLD from the best AUTHORITIES
A MAP of the WORLD from the best AUTHORITIES
Show the tracks of Capt James Cook's voyages from 1768-1780.
A MAP of the WORLD on Mercators PROJECTION
A MAP of the WORLD on Mercators PROJECTION
Map of work showing latest discoveries but pre-dating explorations of Cook. Notes on map include: "Discovered in 1741," noting Russian discoveries. Another note, "Land discovered in 1741," notes an early discovery in the Aleutian Islands. New Holland is partially formed and only the western coastline of New Zealand is delineated. The west coast of North American is labeled New Albion and a note in the Pacific reads "Land discovered in 1741, see Gent. Mag. Vol. 24." The entire eastern coast of Australia is indicated as unknown by a dotted line and Van Diemens Land is still connected to the continent. Only the western coast of New Zealand is shown. Cape Circumcision floats alone in the south Atlantic well below the Cape of Good Hope., Map of the earth, African Central. Map has heavy distortion around Australia, and Northern Canada. Prime Meridian is Ferro. Scale was determined by measuring between latitude.
A MAP of the several Countries thro' which the Russians are to pass in their March to PRUSSIA
A MAP of the several Countries thro' which the Russians are to pass in their March to PRUSSIA
Map of coastlines around the Baltic Sea including Russia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, and Sweden. Some small etchings of tress is present as are dotted lines indicating the march pathway taken by the Russians on their way to Prussia., Map of the Baltic Sea. Prime Meridian is based in Tenerife. There is one scale bar in the bottom right hand corner of the map, in English Miles. Map reads with north facing to the top of the map.
A Map of BOHEMIA, MORAVIA, SILESIA, LUSSATIA, with great part of SAXONY & BRANDENBURG, Shewing the Present seat of War, in GERMANY
A Map of BOHEMIA, MORAVIA, SILESIA, LUSSATIA, with great part of SAXONY & BRANDENBURG, Shewing the Present seat of War, in GERMANY
Elaborate cartouche decorated with tree foliage. Distance key located at bottom left inset with plan depicting advancement of the Prussian Army over the Austrians. Three scale bars on plan. The uppermost map noting figures on road in German miles. Map details roads and regions., Map of Germany and other surrounding countries. Map reads with North facing just slightly to the top left of the map. Maps coordinates were performed with Graticule math. There are two Prime Meridians, The top is based out of London, the bottom meridian is based from Ferro. There is an inset map of North Germany. Although the inset map and the legend exceed the bottom of the map, the graticule surrounds it all, thus for making the extent of the map the full encloser, including the inset map and legend.
A Map of UPPER SAXONY Comprehending that Part of GERMANY which is the Present Seat of War
A Map of UPPER SAXONY Comprehending that Part of GERMANY which is the Present Seat of War
Map of Germany and Poland, including the cities of Breslaw (Breslau or Wroclaw), Trebnitz (Trzebnica) and Gnesna (Gniezno). Berlin is located at center of map and all surrounding regions are indicated., Map of Upper Saxony, Located in North Germany. Prime Meridian is London. Two scale bars on the map, one in English Miles, the other in German Miles.
A Map of the CARIBBEE ISLANDS, Shewing which belong to England, France, Spain, Dutch & Danes, Collected from the best Authorities
A Map of the CARIBBEE ISLANDS, Shewing which belong to England, France, Spain, Dutch & Danes, Collected from the best Authorities
Decorative cartouche. Extends from the Virgin Islands south to Trinidad, including Barbados. Shows cities, capes, harbors, bays and shoals, but has no topographical detail within islands., Map of the Caribbean Islands, Prime Meridian is London. Map reads with North facing to the top.
A NEW GENERAL ATLAS OF Modern Geography Comprised of Fifty One Maps Compiled from the latest and best Authorities
A NEW GENERAL ATLAS OF Modern Geography Comprised of Fifty One Maps Compiled from the latest and best Authorities
Contents: Rivers and Mountains. 1) World on Mercator's Projection. 2) World, Eastern Hemisphere. 3) World, Western Hemisphere. 4) Europe. 5) British Isles. 6) England and Wales. 7) Scotand. 8) Ireland. 9) France. 10) Belgium. 11) Holland. 12) Denmark. 13) Sweden and Norway. 14) Russian in Europe. 15) Prussia. 16) Austria. 17) Germany, Northern. 18) Germany, Southern. 19) Germany, Central. 20) Italy, Northern. 21) Italy, Southern. 22) Switzerland. 23) Spain and Protugal. 24) Greece. 25) Turkey in Europe. 26) Asia. 27) Turkey in Asia. 28) Russia in Asia. 29) Persia. 30) Palestine. 31) India. 32) Burman Empire. 33) China and Japan. 34) Africa. 35) Africa Southern. 36) Egypt. 37) North America. 38) North Do. British Possessions. 39) United States. 40) Mexico and Guatimala. 41) South America. 42) Colombia. 43) Brazil. 44) Chile and La Plata. 45) Peru and Bolivia. 46) West Indies. 47) Australia. 48) Van Diemen's Land. 49) East Indian Islands. 50) Pacific Ocean. 51. New Zealand.

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