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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LANCASHIRE Drawn from the best Authoritites and Regulated by ASTRON'L OBERVAT'NS
LANCASHIRE Drawn from the best Authoritites and Regulated by ASTRON'L OBERVAT'NS
Includes an engraving of the Arms of Lancaster, London is used as the Prime meridian. Scale bar is in English miles.
LONG MEG and her Daughters, near Little Salkeld, Cumberland
LONG MEG and her Daughters, near Little Salkeld, Cumberland
Text on map: "This representation of this curiosity, that was sent us by our obliging and ingenious cuire respondent, has a resemblance of nature which could not be preserved in a cut, because the drawing is heightened with water colours, but it may be seen by any of our readers at St. John's Gate." Map depicts road to Kirk Oswalk, a low stone wall, several individual tress, and each stone within the enclosures including the stone called Long Meg. On page 311 of this volume, a letter is printed detailing each stone, location, size, and appearance. Long Meg is a 12 ft high piece of red sandstone standing about 240 ft from the circle of "daughter" stones. There are faint traces of spiral carvings in the face of Long Meg, in a style associated with the Bronze Age (c. 2000-900BCE). The circle is comprised of 59 stones., Map of the stone circle, known as "Long Meg' Scale was determined by measuring from one side of the stone circle to the opposite side. Prime Meridian is unknown.
LOWER CANADA
LOWER CANADA
The 1836 publication of this atlas was the 1st edition. Virtually identical maps, with the exception of the publication information, appear in subsequent editions and atlases by Mitchell and others. The publication statement and the color palette definitively tie this to the 1836 publication., Inset: NOVA SCOTIA, NEW BRUNSWICK &c., Top center outside the neat lines: Tanner's Universal Atlas. Botton center outside the neat lines: Published by H. S. Tanner, Philadephia. Bottom right outside the neat lines: J. Knight, Sc. and "3." perpendicular to the neat lines. Bar scale in American miles.
LOWER CANADA AND NEW BRUNSWICK
LOWER CANADA AND NEW BRUNSWICK
While this is most likely from the 1838 edition of Bradford's atlas and Walter's notes indicate that, the color palette doesn't match other copies available online that are defintely from that atlas. However, the colors also vary between those maps., Inset: Nova Scotia, Uses the Washington prime meridian.
MACKINLAY'S MAP OF THE PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA COMPILED FROM ACTUAL & RECENT SURVEYS
MACKINLAY'S MAP OF THE PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA COMPILED FROM ACTUAL & RECENT SURVEYS
This map shows shipping lanes with distances to North American and European ports from various Nova Scotia ports of call., Scale bar is in statute miles.
MADRAS and FORT St. GEORGE taken by the French under the Command of M. Mahé de la Bourdonnais on ye 21 of Septem. 1746
MADRAS and FORT St. GEORGE taken by the French under the Command of M. Mahé de la Bourdonnais on ye 21 of Septem. 1746
Map details the ships that took the fort., West is at the top with the map in the reading position. The absence of a graticule and dramatic changes in the topography of the area surrounding the fort since this map was published makes the only point of accuracy the fort itself. We are therefore unable to accurately determine the scale nor the full extent of the map geographically.
MAP OF INDEPENDENT TARTARY Containing THE COUNTRIES OF THE KALMUKS and UZBEKS, with the TIBET
MAP OF INDEPENDENT TARTARY Containing THE COUNTRIES OF THE KALMUKS and UZBEKS, with the TIBET
Looking closely at this map reveals intersting notations used by Dunn to refer to groups of people or geographical features/regions. Some examples include: "Siah Pushes or Black-Clothes People"; "Ruins of Serai". There seem to be very few places named on the map in use today.
MAP OF PART OF THE DOMINION LANDS WEST OF MANITOBA
MAP OF PART OF THE DOMINION LANDS WEST OF MANITOBA
Published by the Department of Agriculture for the Information of Intending Settlers, January 12th, 1882. Areas of the map show prospective property grids of approximately 10 sq. km further divided into 36 plots of land. It also shows the locations of First Nations reserves.
MAP OF THE CITY OF HALIFAX
MAP OF THE CITY OF HALIFAX
Includes a list of significant buildings and locations in the city.
MAP OF THE ISLAND OF JAMAICA
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.
MAP OF THE NORTH EASTERN BOUNDARY
MAP OF THE NORTH EASTERN BOUNDARY
This map was apparently copied from Morse's American Geography. However because there are no notes on the map and the north eastern boundary between the United States and British North America (specifically New Brunswick and Quebec) had been under negotiation at various times since 1783 we can't determine which edition of American Geography it was copied from. The topic of the north eastern boundary would have been of interest at this time as it was finally resolved in 1842., Bottom center, outside the neat lines: Morse's American Geography.
MAP of BELL'ISLE Divided into PARISHES
MAP of BELL'ISLE Divided into PARISHES
Map of Belle'Isle which was captured by the British in April 1761 during the Seven Years' War. Map details the Sauzon, Palais, Bangor, and Laemaria Parishes. Parishes are alphabetically denoted on the map - A, B, C, and D with References in bottom left corner. The Gulf of Gascony and Bay of Biscay are prominent as is The Great Road and Road of Saxon., Map of Belle-Ile en Mer, located in the Bay of Biscay, in the Atlantic Ocean near the French and Spanish coastlines. The prime meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule. There is a small legend with Referenced in the bottom left corner of the map. There are two scale bars on the map, one in English Miles, the other in French/English Leagues. Map reads with North facing to the top of the map
MAP of Germany and Sweden, &c.
MAP of Germany and Sweden, &c.
Woodcut map of Germany and Scandinavia with a legend indicating key locations and rivers., The quality is such that precise georeferencing is almost impossible.
MAP of ITALY
MAP of ITALY
Woodcut map of Italy showing its regions., Prime Meridian determined to be Ferro (El Hierro). Map referenced reasonably well.

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