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 General Map of the DISCOVERIES of Admiral DE FONTE & others, BY M. De l'Isle
A General Map of the DISCOVERIES of Admiral DE FONTE & others, BY M. De l'Isle
Map depicts the mythical Northwest Sea Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific as proposed by early navigators. Includes tracks and notes from the voyages of Bernarda, Tchirikow, de Aguilar, de Fuca, Behring, and various discoveries and dates referenced only as Russian. Many notes on map, such as: "In this Inlet is an island with a Mountain like a Pillar"; "Land seen by M. Spanberg in 1728 non frequently by the Russians who fetch rich furs from it."; "A great Tract of Land discover'd in '722 to which the Tzutzy fled when they were pursued by the Risses who have not yet subduded them.", Map of Northern Canada & Russia. Map is heavily distorted, made for a rough georeferenced. Prime Meridian is Ferro. There is some land mass's on the map that do not even exist.
A Genuine PLAN of CHERBURG with the Fortifications as intended to be finished according to the Design of Mr. De Caux
A Genuine PLAN of CHERBURG with the Fortifications as intended to be finished according to the Design of Mr. De Caux
Large plan of Cherburg depicting inner harbour and basin including fortifications. Small inset depicts a plan of Cherburg before the fortifications were demolished in 1689. Small inset map shows placement of Cherburg Road, QuerQueville Bay, and the Bay des Marees. The word "suburbs" is used to indicate area outside of the city., Map of Cherbourg located on the North East coast of France. Two inset maps. Each map has it's own scale bar, Prime meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule.
A MAP OF CONNECTICUT and RHODE ISLAND with LONG ISLAND SOUND, &c.
A MAP OF CONNECTICUT and RHODE ISLAND with LONG ISLAND SOUND, &c.
Detailed regional map shows Fairfield, New Haven, and New London counties in Connecticut, towns, roads, rivers, and place names in Connecticut, Rhode Island and part of Long Island. Includes copper mine near Simsbury, Conn. Also shows relief. An English map of Connecticut and Rhode Island. Hachuring is used to display topography. Includes copper mine near Simsbury, Longitude is taken from the London Meridian. Coordinates and scale derived from the graticule and scale bar of the map. Georeferenced to stereographic projection.
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 PHILADELPHIA and Parts Adjacent, By N. Scull and G. Heap
A MAP OF PHILADELPHIA and Parts Adjacent, By N. Scull and G. Heap
Scull and Heap's map was originally published in Philadelphia in 1752 by Nicolas Scull. Scull was the first member of an American family to engage in cartography as a business. Apart from his map of Philadelphia, he is also well known for his general map of the province of Pennsylvania, the first of the province to be printed on the North American continent. As a guide, in the lower right hand quadrant there is placed a table of The Distances of particular Places, in this Map; from the Court Houfe. Take note of the entry Merion Meeting N.W. which is identified as being located at 7 miles and 5 furlongs (a surveyors furlong is equal to 660 feet in length). The table of distances below the cartouche has been deleted and new names and roads added. An English map displaying Philadelphia and surrounding area. The city proper is generalized into a street grid, while surrounding farms are labelled by family. A cannon battery resides just south of the city at the entrance of the shipping channel of the Delaware River., Coordinates were derived via georeferencing, and the scale was calculated from the map's scale bar.
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 THE ISLAND OF JAMAICA
A MAP OF THE ISLAND OF JAMAICA
Map of Jamaica noted as an ideal located for the general rendezvous of fleets of all services in the West Indies from a safe harbour. Map depicts all bays along the coastline and some rivers, valleys, mountains and vales inland. No towns or cities indicated., Map of Jamaica Island. Prime Meridian is based in London. The map reads with North facing to the top of the map. One scale bar represented in Leagues.
A MAP of FALKLANDS ISLANDS
A MAP of FALKLANDS ISLANDS
Map shows the coastlines with limited interior detail. Nine ship-based views with distance to surrounding islands indicated. Map of Falkland islands five years after first settlement during brief conflict between Spain and Britain over control., Map of Falklands Islands, located just east of the Southern Tip of South America. Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticul; however, at bottom right corner it states "51º 22' South Latitude and 64º30' West Longitude from latest Observatories". There is one scale bar on the map, represented in Miles. There are 9 Cross maps throughout the map.
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 POMERANIA and BRANDENBURG with the Frontiers of POLAND
A MAP of POMERANIA and BRANDENBURG with the Frontiers of POLAND
Map of small villages, forest, rivers, lakes and roads of northern Poland and part of Germany including Berlin and Frankfurt on the Oder River., Map of Poland, located North of the Baltic Sea. Prime Meridian is London. Two scale bars on the map: German miles and British miles. Scale was determined by measuring between a degree of latitude.
A MAP of Part of WEST FLORIDA from Pensacola to the Mouth of the Iberville River, with a View to show the proper Spot for a Settlement on the Mississipi
A MAP of Part of WEST FLORIDA from Pensacola to the Mouth of the Iberville River, with a View to show the proper Spot for a Settlement on the Mississipi
As designated by the 1763 Treaty of Paris the western boundary of West Florida was the Mississippi River. This was later contested by France and Spain and eventually adjusted eastward. The “proper spot for settlement” is the current location of Baton Rouge. The inset plan demarcates lots and building placements., A map of certain areas around the present day Gulf of Mexico and a proposed plan for a new settlement along the banks of the Mississippi as an inset. Coordinates and scale calculated from the maps graticule and scale bar.
A MAP of that Part of AMERICA where a Degree of LATITUDE was Measured for the Royal Society:
A MAP of that Part of AMERICA where a Degree of LATITUDE was Measured for the Royal Society:
Detailed regional map of Chesapeake and parts of Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Important results of Mason & Dixon's survey of boundaries following a nearly 100 years dispute between Penn and Calvert families., Map of Delaware area, located on the East coast of the United States. Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule. There is one scale bar on the map, represented in Miles. Map reads with North facing to the top 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 AMERICAN PLANTATIONS, extending from Boston in NEW ENGLAND to GEORGIA; including all the back Settlements in the respective Provinces, as far as the Mississipi
A MAP of the BRITISH AMERICAN PLANTATIONS, extending from Boston in NEW ENGLAND to GEORGIA; including all the back Settlements in the respective Provinces, as far as the Mississipi
Covers New York and areas of New England, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia and other states reaching to the Mississippi River. Identifies Indian Nations. A map of British American Plantations extending from Boston in New England to Georgia, including all the black settlements in the provinces as far as the Mississippi. Elaborate cartouche depicting a monkey, slaves and child, native people, arrow embedded in a head., Map of the East coast of the United States of America. Prime meridian is Ferro, but there is also reference to London on the bottom graticule. There is one scale bar in the map in British Statute Miles. Map is orientated with North facing to the top left corner of the map.
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.

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