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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Map of the Coast of FRANCE from Rochelle & Rochfort with the Island of Ree Oleron & Aix
Map of the Coast of FRANCE from Rochelle & Rochfort with the Island of Ree Oleron & Aix
Very simple map of the French coast between Rochelle and Rochfort. No topography nor town detailed., Map of the coast of France. Prime Meridian is unknown, due to lack of information and graticule on the map. There is one scale bar on the map, represented in English & French Leagues.
Map of the ISLAND of CORSICA
Map of the ISLAND of CORSICA
Detail topographical map of the island detailing capes, gulfs, mountain ranges, rivers, and roadways., A map of the Island of Corsica, Located off the South West coast of France. Prime Meridian is London. There is one scale bar on the map, represented in Miles. Map reads with North facing to the top of the map.
Map of the ROAD from LONDON to BERWICK, commencing at YORK [on plate with] From Ferribridge, to Boroughbridge [on plate with] From YORK to Scarborough, the distances from London
Map of the ROAD from LONDON to BERWICK, commencing at YORK [on plate with] From Ferribridge, to Boroughbridge [on plate with] From YORK to Scarborough, the distances from London
Strip maps of road detailing city blocks, buildings, and crossroads from London to Berwick starting at Scarborough Eleven strip maps plus one plan of the town of Berwick.., 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 three maps on this one map sheet. North is orientated differently for each map. There are 3 different roads maps on this particular map sheet.
Map of the ROADS from LONDON to DOVER, RYE, HITH, MARGATE, RAMSGATE and DEAL
Map of the ROADS from LONDON to DOVER, RYE, HITH, MARGATE, RAMSGATE and DEAL
Strip maps of road detailing city blocks, buildings, and crossroads from London to Dover, Rye, Hith, Margate, Ramsgate, and Deal. Fifteen strips included on one sheet: Kent, Kent to Ramsgate, Ramsgate to Deal through Sandwich, entire region of Kent, from Canterbury to Margate, Surrey, Sussex, From London to Surrey, Canterbury to Dover and Deal, The Sea and Canterbury., Series of Road maps located in London England. All map scales vary. Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule. North varies from each map to map. All maps are lettered from Left to Right. Map WKM-J-147B was unable to georeference due to its inaccuracy
NEW MAP of Present ITALY, together with Adjoyning Islands of SICILY, SARDINIA, and CORSICA, Shewing their Principal Divisions, Cities,  Towns, Rivers, Mountains &c.
NEW MAP of Present ITALY, together with Adjoyning Islands of SICILY, SARDINIA, and CORSICA, Shewing their Principal Divisions, Cities, Towns, Rivers, Mountains &c.
Wells has included coastal lines labeled "Sansons Coast" showing the differences between his map and Nicolas Sanson's. Mount Etna is shown erupting.
NEWFOUNDLAND, NOVA SCOTIA AND NEW BRUNSWICK
NEWFOUNDLAND, NOVA SCOTIA AND NEW BRUNSWICK
The atlas this map is from is a typical example of a lot of atlas publications in the 19th century. Plates were used and reused by publishers over the course of many years and were transferred from one publisher to another with no, or very minor, changes. When a map is detached from its' atlas it becomes difficult to verify which atlas a map is from. Only by comparing it to known versions can conclusions be drawn. In this example, Greenleaf reissued an 1836 atlas of the same name by David Burr and at least 4 known versions were produced., Walter documents this as being from Jeremiah Greenleaf's 1842 "A New Universal Atlas" relying on Phillips for his information and Phillips only documents one version of this atlas. We now know there were multiple versions published, the first being in 1840. We also have other sources available to us (David Rumsey and others) and can conclude that our map is "probably" from the 1842 version as that is the only version we were not able to reliably consult and the color palette differs from consulted versions.
NIEUWE KAART van KANADA De Landen aan de Hudsons-Baay en de Noordwestelyke deelen van NOORD-AMERIKA
NIEUWE KAART van KANADA De Landen aan de Hudsons-Baay en de Noordwestelyke deelen van NOORD-AMERIKA
Inset: Key map of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Uses Ferro as the prime meridian.
NORTH AMERICA, BRITISH POSSESSIONS
NORTH AMERICA, BRITISH POSSESSIONS
This map presents an early example of a common issue with atlas maps of the 19th century: once the map has been detached from the atlas, it can be every difficult to determine which atlas it actually came from because plates were resold and re-purposed extensively. In this case there seem to be only 2 choices: the ca.1831 Edinburgh geographical and historical atlas published by Daniel Lizar and the ca.1842 Lizars' Edinburgh geographical general atlas published by William H. Lizars (Daniel's son). According to Phillips (761, 782) the plate numbers are even the same. Walter was certain this was the 1842 version and this is likely the case as the outline colour of our map differs from the outline colour of the 1831 map available on the David Rumsey web site.
NOVA SCOTIA AND PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
NOVA SCOTIA AND PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
An attactive, cloth backed map of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island showing county lines in color., Under the title cartouche is the following note: "The First Edition of the Map, compiled from previous authorities, with much original matter, was printed in Edinburgh in 1847. In 1849, a Map professing to be an original compilation, but in reality an almost perfect Facsimile of the Edition of 1847, was printed in Boston, and issued in Nova Scotia, without consent of the Compiler or Publisher of the Map of 1847. These facts are stated here, that the plagiarism, if any, may be attributed to the appropriate parties."
NOVA SCOTIA, NEWFOUNDLAND, &cc.
NOVA SCOTIA, NEWFOUNDLAND, &cc.
While Cary's maps of this area are almost indistinguishable from one another, the size of the map and the date indicate this was most likely published in "A New Elementary Atlas". The 1813 version of this map appears to be quite rare., Bottom center, outside the neat lines: London: Published by J. Cary, Engraver & Mapseller, No.181 Strand, June 1, 1813
New & Correct CHART of EUROPE
New & Correct CHART of EUROPE
Cartouche design is large stone block monument with foliage. Details all countries of Europe including Iceland, Asia, and northern coast of Africa., Map of Western Europe. Two prime meridians on the map, top is based from London, The bottom is based from Ferro. The map reads with North facing to the top of the map. Scale was determined by measuring between two degrees of Latitude.
New Map of MAINE
New Map of MAINE
Includes a list of Counties and Towns of Maine with their populations along with a table of the state population from 1765-1850., Washington, DC is used as the prime meridian. Bottom left, outside the neat lines: "Entered according to act of Congress, in the year 1850, by Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co. in the Clerk's office of the District court of the Eastern Dictrict of Pennsylvania".
New and accurate MAP of the PROVINCE of NOVA SCOTIA, in NORTH AMERICA; from the latest Observations
New and accurate MAP of the PROVINCE of NOVA SCOTIA, in NORTH AMERICA; from the latest Observations
Shows named harbours and inlets., No scale bar or representative fraction. The scale was calculated by using the distance between lines of latitude and rounded to the nearest 100,000. Prime Meridian is the Ferro Meridian.
New and correct PLAN of the City and Fortifications of MAESTRICHT
New and correct PLAN of the City and Fortifications of MAESTRICHT
Plan details with references keyed numerically the city and specific fortifications. Scale is in Rhine Land Rods. One warship is etched in the Maes River., Map of the City of Maastricht, found in the Netherlands. Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule on the map. There is a scale bar on the bottom right corner, represented in Rhine Land Rods.
Newfoundland, St. Laurence Bay, the Fishing Banks, Acadia and Part of New Scotland
Newfoundland, St. Laurence Bay, the Fishing Banks, Acadia and Part of New Scotland
The importance of the east coast fishing grounds is illustrated on this map by a note specifically outlining the fishing permissions granted to the French under the Treaty of Utrecht (1713)., Moll was well known for not dating his maps or publications. The dates associated with his maps and atlases are estimated based on notes included on the maps.

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