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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An AUTHENTIC PLAN of the RIVER ST. LAURENCE, from SILLERY to the FALLS of MONTMORENCY
An 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.
An Accurate MAP of EUROPE From the latest Observations & Discoveries
An Accurate MAP of EUROPE From the latest Observations & Discoveries
A colour washed map presenting different countries in colours along international borders. However, there is no distinction between Austria, Prussian, and the remaining German states, and Poland. Colour key on page 249., A quite commonly seen plate of Europe for Hinton's Universal Magazine. There is no scale bar, and the map uses London for its prime meridian; the coordinates and scale were calculated using the map's graticule.
An Accurate MAP of all His Majesty's Dominions IN GERMANY, with the Adjacent Countries
An 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.
An Accurate MAP of the COUNTRY Sixteen Miles round LONDON Drawn and Engrav'd from an ACTUAL SURVEY [on 4 sheets]
An Accurate MAP of the COUNTRY Sixteen Miles round LONDON Drawn and Engrav'd from an ACTUAL SURVEY [on 4 sheets]
Includes an explanation of roads and the extent of the Pony Express., There is no scale bar on the map, but there is a cylindrical grid with each section of the grid indicating a mile from the epicenter of the map when all 4 sheets are joined together.
An Accurate MAP of the WEST INDIES
An Accurate MAP of the WEST INDIES
There are directions and best course of travel, documented in the top right corner of the map., Prime Meridian is London (roughly 2.3 degrees from Greenwich). Graticule is in 5 degree increments.
An Accurate MAP of the WEST INDIES, with the Adjacent Coast
An Accurate MAP of the WEST INDIES, with the Adjacent Coast
Map detailing known islands in the West Indies including Avis, Guadalupe, Porto Rico, St. Domingo, Jamaica, Cuba, Bear Islands, Barbardoes, and many more. Of note is a dotted line "The Tract of the Galleons from Spain" and "The tract of 9 Galleons from Carthagene to the Havana" and "The Tract of the Flota from Vera Cruz to the Havana" amd "The Return of the Galleons to Old Spain". Many gulfs and Bay's are depicted. Small arrows pointing southwest might indicate prevailing winds., Map of small sections of Southern North America and Northern South America coastlines, The West Indies. Prime Meridian is London. One scale bar on the map in Leagues. Map reads with North facing to the top of the map. There are little arrows throughout the map, most likely an indication of travel during exploration.
An Accurate Map of ESSEX Drawn from late SURVEYS with Improvements
An Accurate Map of ESSEX Drawn from late SURVEYS with Improvements
Includes an engraving of the Arms of Colchester in the upper right corner., London Prime meridian.
An Accurate Map of Ireland Divided in Provinces and Counties, with Its Great and Bye Roads, Loughs, Rivers, Canals &c. &c.
An Accurate Map of Ireland Divided in Provinces and Counties, with Its Great and Bye Roads, Loughs, Rivers, Canals &c. &c.
Map of Ireland divided into its 4 provinces by different colours outlining the borders and further subdivided into their respective counties. Major roads are shown using hollow double lines, and bye-roads with single lines of a lighter lineweight than what is used for rivers. Fishing banks within St. Georges Channel and the Irish Sea are shown, along with light relief. J. Gary Scuip. noted below simple medallion title. Nymph Bank noted as discovered in 1735 by Captain Doyle., The scale bar is in Irish miles, and the graticule uses London as its prime meridian; the scale was calculated from the scale bar and the coordinates from the map's graticule.
An Accurate Map of the BRITISH EMPIRE in N'TH AMERICA as settled by the Preliminaries in 1762
An Accurate Map of the BRITISH EMPIRE in N'TH AMERICA as settled by the Preliminaries in 1762
Relief shown pictorially on map depicting settlements in North America by 1762. Shaded countries are those formerly claimed or possessed by France and Space and now ceded to Great Britain at the end of the French and Indian War. Capes, bays, and islands are etched including the Great Fishing Bank. Inset map depicts the mouth of the Mississippi., The map has two Prime Meridians; the top is based in London, the bottom is based in Ferro. The map reads with North facing to the top of the map.
An Accurate Map of the ENGLISH COLONIES in North America bordering on the River Ohio
An Accurate Map of the ENGLISH COLONIES in North America bordering on the River Ohio
Covers from Maine to South Carolina and west to Lake Michigan. Relief shown pictorially. Title enclosed in simple double-lined box. A map of English colonies in America before the Revolutionary War. Some English names are present before they were later changed in favour of more nationalistic ones. Lake Michigan is considerably smaller in this map, and its connection to Lake Huron is more than 300 km to the north of where the map places it., It is difficult to define a projection without graticule curvature; referenced to WGS/WebMercator unsatisfactorily. No scale bar is present on the map, and London is used for the prime meridian; both the scale and coordinates were calculated from the map's graticule.
An Accurate Map of the Islands of St. Christophers and Nevis in the West Indies by an Officer with the Position of the English and French Fleets February 7th. 1782
An Accurate Map of the Islands of St. Christophers and Nevis in the West Indies by an Officer with the Position of the English and French Fleets February 7th. 1782
The map provides fine topographical depiction of the two islands, locating parishes, quarters, towns, harbors, roads, etc. The map showing English and French fleet positions during the Battle of Saint Kitts (aka the Battle of Frigate Bay) after Hood had maneuvered into the anchorage at Basse Terre. Coastal features are extensively annotated, and while no soundings are displayed a large amount of sand banks and hazards are shown. Relief is shown pictorially using a technique close to contour lines, especially for the volcanic centre of St. Kitts Island. The map shows the engagement between the French Forces led by Francois-Joseph Paul, Comte De Grasse and Admiral Samuel Hood. Twenty-nine battleships are etched along the coastline and labelled ""The French Fleet"". Another group of twenty-sever battleships are etched in position beat St/ George's Town and titled ""Ad. Hoods Squadron"". Other details include Mooring Point, In January and February 1782, De Grasse conquered St. Kitts. De Grasse's action at St. Kitts was vigorously opposed by Hood, who, with a much inferior force, first drove de Grasse from his anchorage at Basseterre and then repulsed his repeated attacks. Admiral Hood`s Squadron is shown on the map in a defensive position protecting the towns against the French fleet. St. Kitts was contested between the French, Spanish and English numerous times during the 17th and 18th century, due to the prosperous sugar plantations on the island. This map illustrates the siege that followed the Battle of St Kitts, also known as the Battle of Frigate Bay, during the American Revolutionary War, which eventually resulted in a French victory. The islands were returned to Britain under the Treaty of Versailles in 1783. Description of the islands begins on page 187., The scale bar is in British miles, and there is no graticule; the scale was calculated from the scale bar and the coordinates were obtained via georeferencing.
An Accurate Map of the ROAD from LONDON to the LANDS END in CORNWALL, Passing thro SALISBURY, EXETER, PLYMOUTH, &c. [on plate with] The ROAD from EXETER to TRURO
An Accurate Map of the ROAD from LONDON to the LANDS END in CORNWALL, Passing thro SALISBURY, EXETER, PLYMOUTH, &c. [on plate with] The ROAD from EXETER to TRURO
Strip maps of road detailing city blocks, buildings, and crossroads from London to Truro Fifteen strips included on one sheet:Devon shire, Corvall, Cornwall, Dorset Shire, Hampshire, Surrey, Salisbury, Exeter, Plymouth, and Truro., Road maps of various roads in United Kingdom. Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule, There is no scale referenced on any of the maps. There are two maps on this one map sheet. North is orientated to the bottom right corner of the maps.
An Accurate Map of the SEAT OF WAR in the MEDITERRANEAN including the MOREA and Archipelago.
An Accurate Map of the SEAT OF WAR in the MEDITERRANEAN including the MOREA and Archipelago.
Map centered on Greece extending to parts of Albanis, Macedonia, Romania, and Anatolia. Some islands including Crete. Long article related to map on adjoining pages. In 1770 the Greeks, with the assistance of the Russians, had rebelled against the Turks. The rebellion was put down., Map is of the Mediterranean. There are two Prime Meridians, The top graticule being based in Ferro, and the bottom graticule being based in London. There are three scale bars on the map, One in British/French Marine Leagues, British Miles and French leagues. Map reads with North facing to the top of the map.

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