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 MAP of the BRITISH & FRENCH PLANTATIONS in NORTH AMERICA
A MAP of the BRITISH & FRENCH PLANTATIONS in NORTH AMERICA
"This map was intended as the title map for two other maps which when all joined would cover, south to Georgia and the Carolinas, and west to the Great Lakes based on the Mitchell map." (Kershaw 351)
A MAP of the BRITISH AMERICAN PLANTATIONS, extending from Boston in NEW ENGLAND to GEORGIA; including all the back Settlements in the respective Provinces, as far as the Mississipi
A MAP of the BRITISH AMERICAN PLANTATIONS, extending from Boston in NEW ENGLAND to GEORGIA; including all the back Settlements in the respective Provinces, as far as the Mississipi
Covers New York and areas of New England, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia and other states reaching to the Mississippi River. Identifies Indian Nations. A map of British American Plantations extending from Boston in New England to Georgia, including all the black settlements in the provinces as far as the Mississippi. Elaborate cartouche depicting a monkey, slaves and child, native people, arrow embedded in a head., Map of the East coast of the United States of America. Prime meridian is Ferro, but there is also reference to London on the bottom graticule. There is one scale bar in the map in British Statute Miles. Map is orientated with North facing to the top left corner of the map.
A MAP of the BRITISH AND FRENCH SETTLEMENTS IN NORTH AMERICA
A MAP of the BRITISH AND FRENCH SETTLEMENTS IN NORTH AMERICA
There are several interesting notes on the founding of the various English settlements covered by the map. The accompanying magazine article points out that the purpose of the map is illustrate the "just" claims of Great Britain and the "encroachments" of the French.
A MAP of the BRITISH and FRENCH SETTLEMENTS in NORTH AMERICA
A MAP of the BRITISH and FRENCH SETTLEMENTS in NORTH AMERICA
A hand-coloured map of British and French settlements in North America for Hinton's Universal Magazine. The map has unique horizontal colouration not following any specific region: however, the explanation provided in the text on page 145 and following state the colouration distinguishes several provinces. The uncoloured part of the map contains all the territories held by France. The text further explains ceded territories and treaties. The pricked line from Escondido in the Gulf of Mexico through New Hampshire an the Allegany mountains is what the French prescribe as the boundary of English settlements. Dotted lines appear to represent many features including fishing banks, possible borders, possible routes, and other features. The annotation for some forts have white masking. It is difficult to discern where the map states New France to be, although it is possible that it states all of the area west of Québec to belong to the French; South Carolina is split by Georgia; Port Toulouse in Cape Breton is shown before having its name later changed to St. Peter's; territories of various native tribes are written but not delineated; hachuring is used to show some relief, and the Allegheny subset of the Appalachian Mountains is annotated . The cartouche framing the title is exceedingly elaborate depicting a ship with mast and flag, baskets of flowers, many floral objects, a full second ship, many sails in the distance, trees, birds, and an urn. The inset shows a large scale plan of the French fort (Fort Saint-Frédéric) at Crown Point, New York, with a profile view of the tower., London is used for the prime meridian. No scale bar present on the map; the scale and coordinates were calculated using the map's graticule .
A MAP of the COUNTRY between CROWN POINT and FORT EDWARD
A MAP of the COUNTRY between CROWN POINT and FORT EDWARD
Map of Lake George showing various bays, points, and ponds. At tributaries depicted include Shone Creek, Hudson's River, and East Creek. Walking paths demarcated include Dieskan's Path and others unnamed., Map of Lake George, located in New York State. The Prime meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule. There is one scale bar on the map, in Miles. The map reads with North facing to the top of the map. There are swamp lands indicated throughout the map. Map was referenced with data acquired from USGS's Earth Explorer
A MAP of the Cape of GOOD HOPE & the Country adjacent
A MAP of the Cape of GOOD HOPE & the Country adjacent
Map of Cape Colony in the mid Eighteenth century. Of note: triangulation for measuring the arc of the meridian at Cape Town. Map illustrates an article on Nicolas-Louis de Lacaille's survey to determine the shape of the earth at the Cape of Good Hope. Interestingly, despite flawless calculations and precise measurements, his results indicated that Earth was pear-shaped, an error caused by failure to take into account the Newtonian gravitational effect of the Cape mountains on the plumb bob., Map of the Cape of Good Hope, Located on the Southern West Coast of Africa, Prime Meridian determined to be Paris. The map has one scale bar, represented in French Toise. There is a triangle on the map, not really sure what it depicts, a line of travel possibly.
A MAP of the Countries Adjacent to CARLISLE shewing the Route of the REBELS with their principal FORDS over ye R'r EDEN
A MAP of the Countries Adjacent to CARLISLE shewing the Route of the REBELS with their principal FORDS over ye R'r EDEN
Map of the route of the 2nd Jacobite Rebellion in the area surrounding Carlisle. There is a nice inset of Carlisle Castle in the bottom left corner, as well as a legend on the bottom of the map indicating important locations., The prime meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule. There is one scale bar on the map, represented in British Miles.
A MAP of the ISLAND of ORLEANS with the ENVIRONS of QUEBEC
A MAP of the ISLAND of ORLEANS with the ENVIRONS of QUEBEC
Map shows city and adjacent region including the Island of Orleans. This map was published within a month of the surrender of Quebec., A map of Isle of Orleans, Quebec. Scale bar is English miles. The prime meridian is unknown due to lack of graticule and information. The map reads with North facing to the top right corner of the map and was referenced with data aquired from USGS's Earth Explorer.
A MAP of the ISLAND of TOBAGO, Drawn from an Actual SURVEY, by Tho's Bowen, 1779
A MAP of the ISLAND of TOBAGO, Drawn from an Actual SURVEY, by Tho's Bowen, 1779
Detailed map of the Island of Tobago, showing Divisions (and the size of each Division by acres), towns, harbors, bays, points, islands, rivers and other details. An attractive, small map fully engraved with much detail on the island. The island is partitioned into seven divisions, each identifying the number of acres and estates. Near Rocky Bay is a notation about the location of King Roufsels People, referring to a small group of Amerindians, the remaining indigenous people of Tobago. Soundings and shoals marked in the harbors, and the map is oriented with a nice compass rose., This English map uses London for its prime meridian. It is oriented with North at the top. The scale and coordinates were calculated from the scale bar and map graticule.
A MAP of the Island of DOMINICA, taken from an actual Survey: Also Part of Martinico & Guadalupe shewing their true bearing & distance from each other, By Tho's Bowen
A MAP of the Island of DOMINICA, taken from an actual Survey: Also Part of Martinico & Guadalupe shewing their true bearing & distance from each other, By Tho's Bowen
An pictorial map of Dominica Island in the Caribbean Sea, and parts of modern day Martinique and Guadeloupe with two compass roses showing rhumb lines. Elaborate scroll cartouche., Coordinates and scale calculated from map graticule and scale bar.
A MAP of the Island of ST. JOHN In the GULF of ST. LAURENCE Divided Into Counties & Parishes And the LOTS , as granted by Government, to which are added The Soundings round the Coast & Harbours, Improv'd from the late Survey of Captain Holland
A MAP of the Island of ST. JOHN In the GULF of ST. LAURENCE Divided Into Counties & Parishes And the LOTS , as granted by Government, to which are added The Soundings round the Coast & Harbours, Improv'd from the late Survey of Captain Holland
Copper plate engraving with original outline colour, with insets of the Gulf of St. Laurence and a "List of Lots and Proprietors Names". The map provides a finely detailed treatment of the island and environs, including a list of 67 lots and the proprietors of each lot, including Samuel Holland himself (Lot 28). Many other important early names are included in the list, including Guy Carleton (then provincial Governor of Canada)., Prime meridian is unknown, but it is a nautical chart. North is indicated as North/West on the map.
A MAP of the KINGDOM of PORTUGAL
A MAP of the KINGDOM of PORTUGAL
Map detailing territories and regions of Portugal in 1962. Of note: Atlantic or Western Ocean and Extramaduras Leon, Bay of Cadiz, and part of Spain are detailed., Map of Portugal. Prime Meridian is based in London. Map reads with North facing to the top of the map. There is one scale bar on the map, represented in British Miles
A MAP of the MOUTHS of the GANGES in the BAY of BENGAL shewing the English Settlements lately Destroy'd by the Nabob of that Province
A MAP of the MOUTHS of the GANGES in the BAY of BENGAL shewing the English Settlements lately Destroy'd by the Nabob of that Province
"Shows not only the English settlements along the Ganges including Colicotta but also those of other Europeans – Shinshura (Shinsura) established by the Dutch and Shandernagor (Chandernagore) by the French etc. The Nabob referred to is Siraj ud-Daulah (1733 -1757), the last Nawab of Bengal before the province’s incorporation by the East India Company. The accompanying text in the Gentleman's Quarterly gives a detailed account of the areas development. Shows not only the English settlements along the Ganges including Colicotta but also those of other Europeans – Shinshura (Shinsura) established by the Dutch and Shandernagor (Chandernagore) by the French etc., A map of the North Coast of the Bay of Bangal, Located on the East coast of India. Prime Meridian is London. The Map reads with North facing to the top of the map. There are two scale bares on the map, One in English Miles, the other in English/French Leagues.
A MAP of the NEW CONTINENT according to its greatest diametrical Length from the River la Plata to beyond the Lake of the Assiniboils
A MAP of the NEW CONTINENT according to its greatest diametrical Length from the River la Plata to beyond the Lake of the Assiniboils
Map of North & South America, the Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule on the map. There is one scale bar in the bottom right corner, represented in degrees. North is facing the top right hand corner of the map.
A MAP of the New GOVERNMENTS, of EAST & WEST FLORIDA
A MAP of the New GOVERNMENTS, of EAST & WEST FLORIDA
Map of Florida after acquisition from Spain by Great Britain at end of French and Indian War divided into two Governments. Shows Indian villages, Fort Mobile, "la Balise Ft., Pensacola," "Old Town," and "New Town," rivers and inlets, anchorages, and soundings. Map shows the Florida peninsula as an archipelago. Left lower corner inset "Plan of the Harbour and Settlement of Pensacola" then the capital of West Florida., Map of Florida with a key map of Pensacola Harbour, located on the North coast of the Gulf of Mexico. The Prime Meridian for the main map is London. Each map has it's own Scale bar, represented in British Miles. Both maps read with North facing to the top of the Map. The inset map is a little distorted.

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