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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[Asia, Russia & Turkey, Frontiers]
[Asia, Russia & Turkey, Frontiers]
Map covers the Cossack area of eastern Ukraine., Scale was determined by measuring between a degree of longitude. Corner Coordinates were determined by performing graticule math.
[Bay of Biscay]
[Bay of Biscay]
Woodcut covering the coastline from the Lizard Peninsula in England to the Strait of Gibraltar. Perhaps due to space restrictions, the English Channel appears closed off between England and France. The map is accompanied by a written description of the movement of English fleets., Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of graticule grid. Scale was deteremined by measuring from the tip of Cape Finisterre , Portugal, to the northern point of Cadiz.
[France, Rochfort vicinity] [on plate with] FORT FOURAS
[France, Rochfort vicinity] [on plate with] FORT FOURAS
Map of Bay De Chatalilon, located on the west coast of France. There is a sketch of a small fort (Fort Fouras) on top of the map sheet. A sketch of a ship in profile located on the top right corner of the map, with its own scale bar in feet, and load water lines., The map reads with North facing to the top of the map. The map itself has one scale bar, in English miles. The prime meridian is unknown due to lack of graticule and information.
[ISLE OF SABLE]
[ISLE OF SABLE]
The work of J. F. W. DesBarres, especially the "Atlantic Neptune", was a significant part of Walter's research and interest. The Collection includes 59 charts, views and elevations from the 4 volume set, most from the Sea Coast of Nova Scotia volume., Scale bars in statute and nautical miles.
[Lower Brittany, Bay of Biscay]
[Lower Brittany, Bay of Biscay]
There are coastal views included for several points of interest., Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule. There is one scale bar on the map, represented in leagues.
[North America, Georgia, Sea Islands]
[North America, Georgia, Sea Islands]
This map is small inset map on a page from the Gentleman's Magazine and is an addendum to An Accurate Map of the West Indies from the 1740 volume., Map of Sapola Island and other small islands off the coast of Georgia and Florida, U.S. Today they are referred to collectively as the Sea Islands.

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