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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A NEW MAP of NOVA SCOTIA, and CAPE BRITAIN with the adjacent parts of NEW ENGLAND and CANADA...
A NEW MAP of NOVA SCOTIA, and CAPE BRITAIN with the adjacent parts of NEW ENGLAND and CANADA...
In addition to being published on its own, this map appeared in a number of different publications. The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography describes Thomas Jefferys as "cartographer, and publisher; produced some of the most important eighteenth-century maps of the Americas; appointed Geographer to George III in December 1760"., Two different grids for longitude are indicates, the south grid is for the Ferro Meridian and the north grid is Greenwich. Two scale bars: "English Marine Leagues 20 to a Degree" and "English Miles 69 ½ to a Degree".
A NEW UNIVERSAL ATLAS OF THE WORLD
A NEW UNIVERSAL ATLAS OF THE WORLD
All maps engraved by N. & S.S. Jocelyn with a few exceptions including the Canada map (Annin & Smith) and the United States map (A. Daggett)., Table of Contents: 1) The World; 2) North America; 3) The two Canadas and adjoining British Provinces; 4) United States; 5) West Indies; 6) South America; 7) Europe; 8) Great Britain; 9) Denmark, Sweden and Norway; 10) Kingdom of the Netherlands; 11) Germany; 12) Switzerland; 13) France; 14) Spain and Portugal; 15) Italy; 16) Turkey in Europe; 17) Asia; 18) Hindoostan; 19) Africa; 20) Islands in the Pacific Ocean.
A NEWFOUNDLAND, od. TERRA NOVA S. LAURENTII BAY, die Fisch-Bank, ACADIA, nebst einem Theil NEW SCHOTLAND
A NEWFOUNDLAND, od. TERRA NOVA S. LAURENTII BAY, die Fisch-Bank, ACADIA, nebst einem Theil NEW SCHOTLAND
While the title is in German, all of the text on the map is in English. This map is based after Herman Moll's map of the area from 1736., Walter notes a publication date circa 1757. Other sources differ greatly in the publication date and the atlas in which it appears. Homann Heirs was well known for re-using plates and maps across publications. Because our copy has been skillfully cut from the sheet on which it was published, it is impossible to tie it to a specific publication. Uses the Azores as the prime meridian.
A New Chart of the Coast of NEW ENGLAND, NOVA SCOTIA, NEW FRANCE or CANADA, with the Islands of NEWFOUNDL'D, CAPE BRETON, ST. JOHN's &c.
A New Chart of the Coast of NEW ENGLAND, NOVA SCOTIA, NEW FRANCE or CANADA, with the Islands of NEWFOUNDL'D, CAPE BRETON, ST. JOHN's &c.
Show locations of fishing banks off Newfoundland and Nova Scotia., Includes 4 inset maps: the Atlantic Ocean; Plan of the City and Port of Louisbourg; Fort Dauphin; City of Quebec. See the accompanying article.
A New MAP of ENGLAND and WALES
A New MAP of ENGLAND and WALES
Large detailed map of England and Wales detailing every hamlet, village, town, and city including rivers, roadways, coast lines, and channels. Scotland's coastline is to the nore, Greeland's coastline is to the west and a small portion of Frances coastline is at the bottom right. The cartouche is incredibly elaborate with waterfalls, scrools, clusters of grapes, bees and a hive, a sleeping dog, a full cornicopia, and an urn., Map of England. Prime Meridian is London. Legend in the top Left of the map. One scale bar in English Miles. Map reads with North facing to the top of the Map.
A New Map of MAINE
A 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".
A New and Accurate Map of the Isles of GUADALOUPE, MARIE-GALANTE &c. from the Best Authorities
A New and Accurate Map of the Isles of GUADALOUPE, MARIE-GALANTE &c. from the Best Authorities
Map of Guadeloupe Island showing adjacent islands of Marie-Galante, Da Destrade, and The saints. Channels are marked as are three rump or loxodrome lines., Map of Guadeloupe Island, located in the Caribbean. Prime Meridian is based in London. Map reads with North facing to the top of the map. Rumb lines throughout the map.
A PHYSICAL PLANISPHERE wherein are represented all the known LANDS and SEAS w'th the Great Chains of Mountains w'ch traverse the GLOBE from the NORTH POLE
A PHYSICAL PLANISPHERE wherein are represented all the known LANDS and SEAS w'th the Great Chains of Mountains w'ch traverse the GLOBE from the NORTH POLE
Elaborate map of the world represented on an unusual polar projection rendered from the North Pole. The map covers from the North Pole Arctic region south beyond Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) to include parts of New Zealand and even Cap de la Circoncision (Bouvet Island). Map's delineation of physical geography supports the theory that Earth's great river basins are defined by major mountain ranges many of which extend beneath the oceans. The map covers from the North Pole Arctic region south beyond Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) to include parts of New Zealand and even Cap de la Circoncision (Bouvet Island). Map includes elements of pre-Cook notions of world geography. See uncertain mapping of eastern Australia connecting to New Guinea and smaller Melanesian islands. Map includes inland sea called Sea of the West or Mer de L'Ouest., Map is a Map of the North Pole, and the entire globe. Corner Coordinates were not recorded, as to where the projection is that of a full circle. Prime meridian was difficult to determine, I would say the closest is Ferro meridian, but it's not exactly on.
A PLAN OF LONDON AND WESTMINSTER SHEWING THE FORTS ERECTED BY ORDER OF THE PARLIAMENT IN 1643 & THE DESOLATION BY THE FIRE IN 1666
A PLAN OF LONDON AND WESTMINSTER SHEWING THE FORTS ERECTED BY ORDER OF THE PARLIAMENT IN 1643 & THE DESOLATION BY THE FIRE IN 1666
Retrospective map showing a plan of London and Westminster showing the 1643 defenses and the area destroyed by the Great Fire. Noted are the 23 forts shown and 18 miles of ramparts build to protect the city from attacks by Charles 1 and 15,000 Royalist troops. Accompanying text in the volume listed forts keyed numerically on map 1 - 23. Also in the text on page facing the map is a reference list to the alpha key referencing gates, tower hills, the Tower, and other important landmarks., Map of downtown London, United Kingdom. Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of graticule. Map reads with North facing to the top of the map. Scale was determined by measuring from the bottom of the river bend on the far right side, to the bottom of the river bend on the left side of the map. There is a grid of some sort, but its labeled with letters oppose to numbers.
A PLAN OF MAESTRICHT, with the Adjacent Villages where the Battle was fought June 21
A PLAN OF MAESTRICHT, with the Adjacent Villages where the Battle was fought June 21
Details map of the fortifications at Maastricht, Netherlands built by the Spanish and Dutch. The French conquered the city during the War of Austrian Succession. Later in 1815, this region became part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands. Map topography indicated villages by etching churches in those locations., 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 are 3 scale bars, one in English Miles, German Miles and Dutch Mile. Map reads with North reading to the top of the map
A PLAN OF THE CITY OF EDINBURGH
A PLAN OF THE CITY OF EDINBURGH
There is a legend on the bottom indicating important places on the map., Scale was determined by measuring the distance from the Castle to Holy Rood House (Gardens). Map reads with North facing to the top left corner of the map.
A PLAN OF THE HARBOUR OF CHEBUCTO AND TOWN OF HALIFAX
A PLAN OF THE HARBOUR OF CHEBUCTO AND TOWN OF HALIFAX
Includes engravings of the Ensign of Nova Scotia along with other Coats of Arms, two butterflies, the musk beetle and a rather large, fierce looking porcupine. With the map in reading position, west is at the top., Research has indicated that either Thomas Jefferys or Moses Harris engraved this plan of Halifax. The presence of entomological drawings and of the initials MH amongst the vegetation to the left of the Bedford basin strongly suggests Harris as the engraver; the Dictionary of National Biography notes "he was a clever practical entomologist as well as an accurate artist, who drew, engraved, and coloured all his own works". While both did engravings for Gentleman's Magazine, it is documented that Harris was in Halifax at this time period.

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