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 VIEW of Antient CARLISLE, as represented in a Plate above 100 Years old
A VIEW of Antient CARLISLE, as represented in a Plate above 100 Years old
The prime meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule. There is no scale bar represented on the map; scale was determined by measuring the distance from the "Castle" represented as A in the legend, to "St Cuthberts" Church, represented as C in the legend. Map reads with North facing to the top of the map.
A VIEW of NIAGARA FORT, taken by Sir William Johnson, on the 25th of July 1759, Drawn on the Spot in 1758
A VIEW of NIAGARA FORT, taken by Sir William Johnson, on the 25th of July 1759, Drawn on the Spot in 1758
A near perpendicular view of Fort Niagara, now a historical state park on the American side of the river at its mouth flowing into Lake Ontario. The French first established a post here in 1679, but the fortification became permanent only in 1726. The British laid siege to it in July of 1759, and after 19 days the French commander surrendered to the British commander Sir William Johnson. The British occupied it until it was ceded to the United States by the Jay treaty in 1796. It was recaptured by the British in 1813 and again ceded to the U.S. in 1815 at the end of the War of 1812.Image placed horizontally on page., A near perpendicular view of Fort Niagara, now a historical state park on the American side of the river at its mouth flowing into Lake Ontario. Coordinates are for a point centered on the current position of the fort.
A VIEW of the Town and CASTLE of ST. AUGUSTINE, and the ENGLISH CAMP before it June 20.1740
A VIEW of the Town and CASTLE of ST. AUGUSTINE, and the ENGLISH CAMP before it June 20.1740
This maps changes perspective from a map view at the top to more of a coastal view at the bottom. It is accompanied by text describing the siege., Because of the map perspective, the coordinates are approximate.
A complete CHART of the COAST of FRANCE, from Ostend, to Cape Finisterra, including the opposite Coast, of the BRITISH CHANNEL
A complete CHART of the COAST of FRANCE, from Ostend, to Cape Finisterra, including the opposite Coast, of the BRITISH CHANNEL
Map depicts the most north western part of France detailing the Bay of Biscay and The Channel coastlines. Part of Flanders, Holland, and England are located in the topmost part of the map. A partial coastline of Iceland appears in the top left corner., Map of Bay of Biscay, off the coast of France. Prime Meridian is London. Map reads with North facing to the top of the map. Scale was determined by measuring between a degree of latitude.
A plan of Prague
A plan of Prague
A plan and description of some of the military positions during the 1742 Siege of Prague that took place during the War of the Austrian Succession. A lettered key from A-M is explained on page 461. As Marshall de Broglie (Broglio) had escaped the city by September, the rendering likely represents some time between the Prussians began their siege in June, and September of 1742 before Belle-Isle assumed command of the French. There legend for the map can be found within the accompanying text., The scale bars are in furlongs/English miles and Toises, and there is no graticule. Scale was calculated from the map's scale bar, and the coordinates were obtained via georeferencing.
A plan of the Towns, Cittadel and Port of DUNKIRK, before its Demolition
A plan of the Towns, Cittadel and Port of DUNKIRK, before its Demolition
A plan of the town, citadel, and port, jetties, and port fortresses of Dunkirk before their demolition in accordance with the terms of the Treaty of Utrecht of 1713. The port and fortifications were a masterwork of military engineering, and the northern anchor of Vauban's Pré Carré. The jetties ran about a kilometre out to sea from the town to block the silt build-up, but were vulnerable to attack, thus the forts and castles shown in the plan were built for their protection. As a fortress, Dunkirk formed the northern anchor of the first line of Vauban's Pré Carré, a system of fortresses protecting northern France from attack. As a naval harbour, Dunkirk provided a valuable base for naval ships and privateers operating in the English Channel, an area where France had few good harbours. Only scant traces of the fortifications and port facilities survive to this day. Numbers are explained in the accompanying text beginning on page 228., The scale bar is in fathoms, and the work has no graticule; the scale was calculated from the scale bar, and the coordinates were obtained via georeferencing. Due to the extensive changes in the landscape, the georeferencing is slightly uncertain.
A view of the Bay of SANTERINI, with a BURNING ISLAND, which lately rose out of the sea
A view of the Bay of SANTERINI, with a BURNING ISLAND, which lately rose out of the sea
Map of Santorini Bay, Greece. The burning island was created by volcanic action. Shoals, trees, and some buildings are depicted., Map of Santorini Bay. Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule. Map reads with North facing to the bottom of the map. Map was georeferenced with data acquired from USGS's Earth Explorer.
AIX LA CHAPELLE
AIX LA CHAPELLE
Detailed plan of the Aix includes vegetation in garden plots, foliage between hedgerows, moats, and fortress walls, churches, gates, and hospital. Key to numbers on map is located within the text of the volume. Of note: a white marble church built by Charlemagne is indicated. The Treaty of Aix La Chalelle ended the War of the Austrian Succession in 1748 where Great Britain and France dictated the terms. The city is now called "Aachen" located in Luxembourg., Map of AIX LA CHAPELLE, or in English Aachen, the most western town in Germany. The prime meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule.
ALGIERS, and Parts Adjacent
ALGIERS, and Parts Adjacent
Map detailing fortifications of Algiers and surrounding area. Cartouche contains alpha key to map locations including: The Cassaubah, The New Gate, Babzoune, The Fishers Gate, The Mole Gate, The Gate of the River, and Country Seats. Two birds are illustrated: Boo-ank and Hou-baara., Map located on the North coast of Africa. Illustration of the Boo-ank & the Hou-baara birds. Map reads with North facing to the right of the map. Prime Meridian is unknown
ARFICA Drawn from the best MAPS, BY T. Jefferys, Geographer to His Royal Highness the PRINCE of WALES
ARFICA Drawn from the best MAPS, BY T. Jefferys, Geographer to His Royal Highness the PRINCE of WALES
Nap detailing landforms and coastline of Africa and Arabia. Of note: a dotted line indicates "Com. Ansor's track to England"., Map of Africa. Prime Meridian is London. Scale was determined by measuring between 10 degrees of Latitude.
ATLAS of the MARITIME PROVINCES of the DOMINION OF CANADA, With Historical and Geological Descriptions
ATLAS of the MARITIME PROVINCES of the DOMINION OF CANADA, With Historical and Geological Descriptions
One of the few atlases we've seen from the 19th century where attribution to the sources used is given (see subtitle).
AUTHENTIC PLAN of the RIVER ST. LAURENCE, from SILLERY to the FALLS of MONTMORENCY
AUTHENTIC PLAN of the RIVER ST. LAURENCE, from SILLERY to the FALLS of MONTMORENCY
Map details the Battle of Quebec during the French and Indian War of 1759. The map depicts positions of all British (General Wolfe's camp, Admiral Holmes, and the French encampments) and French troops during the capture of Quebec. The map shows rivers, roads, adjacent towns, the lines of the armies, defensive works, encampments, and warships in the river are all indicated and named., Map of St. Laurence River, Quebec, with Quebec City. One scale bar in English miles. The prime meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule.
Acadia, le Provincie di Sagadahook e Main, la Nuova Hampshire, la Rhode Island, e Parte di Massachusset e Connecticut
Acadia, le Provincie di Sagadahook e Main, la Nuova Hampshire, la Rhode Island, e Parte di Massachusset e Connecticut
Uses Ferro prime meridian (approximately 18° west of Greenwich); longitude is labelled eastward from prime meridian. The scale is not indicated on plate; it is calculated based upon measurement of increment of latitude, and rounded from 1:2056940.
Accurate MAP of all His Majesty's Dominions IN GERMANY, with the Adjacent Countries
Accurate MAP of all His Majesty's Dominions IN GERMANY, with the Adjacent Countries
Main map presents specific regions of Germany during the Seven Years' War which involved every European great power of the time except the Ottoman Empire. Inset map on bottom left details the Dutchy's of Bremen and Ferden including army marches. A small inset map at the top right corner depicts the Dutchy of Saxon Lauwenburg. The dotted lines indicate where the army marched., Map of Germany, with two small inset maps. Prime Meridian is London. There is a small scale bar in the bottom right corner, in English Miles. Map reads with North facing to the top of the map.
Accurate MAP, of His R.H. the DUKE of YORK'S, Journey thro' ITALY in 1763 & 1764
Accurate MAP, of His R.H. the DUKE of YORK'S, Journey thro' ITALY in 1763 & 1764
Map depicting the Duke of York's visit to Italy, landing in Genoa traveling through Florence, Rome, Naples returning through small towns along the Gulf of Venice. The area is labeled "Land of the Church"., Map of Italy. Prime Meridian is based in London. There are two scale bars on the map, one in English Miles, the other in Italian Miles. Map reads with North facing to the top Right corner of the map.

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