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 HUDSON'S RIVER, with the adjacent Country
Map of HUDSON'S RIVER, with the adjacent Country
An English map displaying a large portion of current day New York State. The compass rose shows lines of true bearing of New York Harbor for sailors. The mapmaker used hachuring to display local mountain ranges, and double-lined rivers to display the major hydrographic systems of the area., Scale bar shows minor intervals of 5 minutes. Coordinates and scale derived from the gracitule and scale bar.
Map of that Part of HANNOVER where the late Battle between the Duke of Cumberland and Marshal d'Etrees was fought July 25, 26, 27
Map of that Part of HANNOVER where the late Battle between the Duke of Cumberland and Marshal d'Etrees was fought July 25, 26, 27
Map details encampments and foot soldier advancements of Duke Cumberland (nicknames "The Butcher") July 25 - 27 in 1757. map of the Battle of Hastenbeck outside the fortified city of Hamelen. The English and French armies are shown arrayed on either side of the defenseless town. The map provides an detailed view of the terrain surrounding the battleground, including all the tiny villages., Prime Meridian unknown, due to lack of information/graticule grid. Two scale bars on the map, One in English Miles, the other in German miles. The map reads with North facing to the top of the map.
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 Progress of his MAJESTY'S ARMIES in NEW YORK, During the late CAMPAIGN Illustrating the Accounts Publish'd in the London Gazette
Map of the Progress of his MAJESTY'S ARMIES in NEW YORK, During the late CAMPAIGN Illustrating the Accounts Publish'd in the London Gazette
The map shows battle details of General George Washington, including notes of General Howe’s landing on August 22, 1776, Provincials defeated Aug. 27 [1776], Retreat of the Rebels, and Provincials drowned here (near the Red Hook area of Brooklyn). The British placed General William Howe in charge of the greatest army England ever sent overseas, forces superior to any the Americans could put in the field. The map of progress of English troops during the New York and New Jersey campaign of the American Revolutionary War after the Battle of Long Island. Only the English armies appear to be shown on the map, as its extent ends at the captured outposts in New Jersey., The coordinates are derived via georeferencing, the scale was calculated from the map's scale bar.
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 CHART of the Vast ATLANTIC OCEAN; Exhibiting The SEAT of WAR, both in EUROPE and AMERICA, likewise the Trade Winds & Course of Sailing from one Continent to the other; with the Banks, Shoals and Rocks: drawn according to the latest discoveries and reg
NEW CHART of the Vast ATLANTIC OCEAN; Exhibiting The SEAT of WAR, both in EUROPE and AMERICA, likewise the Trade Winds & Course of Sailing from one Continent to the other; with the Banks, Shoals and Rocks: drawn according to the latest discoveries and reg
A navigational chart by Bowen of the North and Mid Atlantic. Lines of constant bearing emanate and criss-cross from the large number of compass roses within the map; common trade routes are shown with double broken lines; and trade wind directions are shown via arrows and hatching splined to the prevailing direction. Navigational hazards are marked as crosses, important fishing banks with stipling, and the description of plotted courses are written upside down save for the route that the Spanish galleons take on their return to Cadiz which is written in right reading. At the top centre of the map is a table that compares the positions of important locations with Henry Popple's map. Like most of Bowen's work, annotations and descriptions take up the majority of the map leaving little white space. Bowen's statement of responsibility for the map is located just below the annotation for South America, and his sources are credited beneath the Cartouche which appears to be in the shape of a drying page. A legend describes the symbolization, and the chart was presumably intended to be coloured as there is a key for colouration near the top-left., Both London and Paris are used for prime meridians, and no scale bar is present in the chart.
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.
NORFOLK Drawn from Surveys and best Authorities by Eman. Bowen Geog'r to His Majesty
NORFOLK Drawn from Surveys and best Authorities by Eman. Bowen Geog'r to His Majesty
A map of Norfolk County by Bowen for Hinton's Universal Magazine. The arms of Norwich are shown in the top left. The arms depict a castle complete with crenellations . A very fine and elegant cartouche frames the work's title. Circular fenced-in areas are shown with small illustrations in their centres. The North Sea is referred to as "The German Ocean"., The scale bar is in English miles, and London is used for the prime meridian. The scale and coordinates were calculated from the scale bar and graticule.
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.
NORTHAMPTON SHIRE Drawn from the best Authorities by Eman: Bowen Geog'r to His Majesty
NORTHAMPTON SHIRE Drawn from the best Authorities by Eman: Bowen Geog'r to His Majesty
A map of Northhamptonshire by Bowen for Hinton's Universal Magazine. The arms of Northampton are shown, and the works title is framed by a cartouche with produce and possible cowslips, traditionally the county's flower), a basket of produce, and a small badger., Unlike some other maps in this series, the longitude is not stated as emanating from either the east or west of London. The scale bar is in English miles, and London is used for the prime meridian. The scale and coordinates were calculated from the scale bar and graticule.
NORTHUMBERLAND, Drawn from and Actual Survey by Eman: Bowen Geog'r to His Majesty
NORTHUMBERLAND, Drawn from and Actual Survey by Eman: Bowen Geog'r to His Majesty
A map of Northumberland by Bowen for Hinton's Universal Magazine. The arms of Newcastle are shown to the right of the map detailing three battlements in the style of crenellation. The cartouche framing the Arms is a scoll and foliage motif. An elaborate scroll and floral cartouche frames the work's title. Some features are not included in the legend such as Hadrian's Wall (Picts Wall), Devil's Causeway (Roman road), and the Wheel Causeway/Maiden Way (thought to be Roman roads at the time) but are given special annotation; however the identity of the large linear feature intersecting Hadrian's Wall is currently unknown., The scale is British Miles and scale indicated at edge of map at in 10" increments.

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