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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Grund Riss de Americanischen insuln Cape Breton, St. Jean und Anticosti im Flusse S. Laurencii
Grund Riss de Americanischen insuln Cape Breton, St. Jean und Anticosti im Flusse S. Laurencii
The Anticosti map is included as an inset, presumably so all three islands could be included on the one map., In the absence of a scale bar or graticule, the scale was calculated using two points on Cape Breton. This may be inaccurate as the entire map is quite poor, geographically speaking, for its time.
HAMP SHIRE Drawn from the best Authorities
HAMP SHIRE Drawn from the best Authorities
Includes an engraving of the Arms of Southampton in the middle left., London Prime meridian.
HEREFORD SHIRE Drawn from the best authorities
HEREFORD SHIRE Drawn from the best authorities
Includes an engraving of the Arms of Hereford., London is used as the Prime meridian.
HERTFORD SHIRE Drawn from an Actual SURVEY
HERTFORD SHIRE Drawn from an Actual SURVEY
Includes an engraving of the Arms of Hertford., London is used as the Prime meridian.
HUNTINGDON SHIRE Drawn from an Accurate Survey
HUNTINGDON SHIRE Drawn from an Accurate Survey
Includes an engraving of the Arms of Huntingdon., London is used as the Prime meridian.
ISLE ET BANC DE TERRE-NEUVE, ISLE ROYALE ET ISLE ST. JEAN; AVEC L'ACADIE OU LA NOUVELLE ECOSSE
ISLE ET BANC DE TERRE-NEUVE, ISLE ROYALE ET ISLE ST. JEAN; AVEC L'ACADIE OU LA NOUVELLE ECOSSE
Detailed map of the region from Newfoundland to the Saint Lawrence and Nova Scotia highlighting the fishing banks. The coastlines and mountains are shown by hachuring., Longitude on the south uses the Paris prime meridian and on the north uses the Ferro prime meridian (El Hierro, Canary Islands).
ISOLA DI CAPO BRETON
ISOLA DI CAPO BRETON
One of the earliest known maps to show Cape Breton on its own. The importance of fishing is noted by the presence of fishing banks. It is also interesting to note the numerous place names still in use: St. Paul's Island, Scatari Island, Cape North, St. Anne's and Canso to name just a few., Other copies found on the web put the scale of this map at 1:3,700,00, likely based on the scale bar of Italian miles. Ours was done by georeferencing the map, which we consider to be more accurate.
ITALY BY MR. D'ANVILLE Geographer to the French King, Drawn and Engraved from the Original Publish'd at PARIS, at the Expence of the Duke of Orleans
ITALY BY MR. D'ANVILLE Geographer to the French King, Drawn and Engraved from the Original Publish'd at PARIS, at the Expence of the Duke of Orleans
A very detailed map showing topography., Prime meridian is based in London. There are three scale bars on the map, one in English Miles, one in Roman miles and the other in great leagues of France. Scale was deteremined by measuing between 2 degrees of latitude.
Isole di Terra Nuova e Capo Breton di Nuova Projezione
Isole di Terra Nuova e Capo Breton di Nuova Projezione
Uses Tenerife as the prime meridian (approximately 16.5° west of Greenwich); longitude is labelled eastward from prime meridian. The scale is rounded from approximately 1:2085352; scale bar is labelled with Italian miles at 60 per degree latitude, and English miles at 69 per degree latitude; compared with secondary calculation by increment of latitude.
KARTE VON L'ISLE ROYALE
KARTE VON L'ISLE ROYALE
Uses Paris as the prime meridian. German version of Bellin's 1744 map originally published in Charlevoix's Histoire et description générale de la Nouvelle France.
KENT Drawn from Surveys and the best Modern Maps By E. Bowen Geog'r to His Majesty
KENT Drawn from Surveys and the best Modern Maps By E. Bowen Geog'r to His Majesty
Includes an engraving of the Arms of Canterbury., London is used as the Prime meridian.
L'ISLE ROYALE Située a l'Entrée du Golphe de Saint Laurent
L'ISLE ROYALE Située a l'Entrée du Golphe de Saint Laurent
This map only has graticule borders on the bottom and right sides. The scale bar is in common leagues and the map uses the Paris prime meridian. There are 3 notes across the bottom referring to other maps in the atlas; notably No. 13, the Gulf of St. Lawrence, No. 25, Port Dauphin and No. 24, Louisbourg.

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