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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The River St. John
The River St. John
Includes inset "The Entrance of the River St. John". The elliptical cartouche includes the following text and is typical of DesBarres' navigational notes when present: "The River St. John, has sufficient depth of Water for large Ships to the Falls. Whence it continues Navigable 80 miles up into the Country of Vessels of 100 Tons. At Fort Frederick, common Tides rise 18 feet perpendicular, and Equinoctial Spring Tides 25 Feet, above the Falls, it seldom flows more than 4 Feet. When the Tide has risen 12 Feet, at the Fort, the Falls are Smooth, after which during about 20 Minutes, they are passable. At times of great Freshets, which generally happen between the beginning of April, & the middle of May, from the melting of the Snow, the Falls are absolutely impassable, to Vessels bound up the River, as the Tide does not reach to their Level.", Imprint: Publish'd according to Act of Parliament, Feb'y 14, 1779, by J. F. W. DesBarres. Scale bars in statute and nautical miles.
The Roads, of TOULON, with the adjacent Country
The Roads, of TOULON, with the adjacent Country
Map of Toulon, France. The Scale was determined by measuring from Cape Capet to The Great Tower. Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule. Map reads with North Facing to the Bottom Right of the map.
The Seat of War in the Circle of Westphalia
The Seat of War in the Circle of Westphalia
Map detailing area of war stages in Netherlands with the Hague, Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Groningen. An account of the was in printed on page 331 of the journal., Map of the South Scandinavian countries. Two scale bars on the map, one in English Miles, the other in German Miles. The Prime Meridian is London. The map reads with north facing to the Top right of the map.
VIEW of the Town and CASTLE of ST. AUGUSTINE, and the ENGLISH CAMP before it June 20.1740
VIEW of the Town and CASTLE of ST. AUGUSTINE, and the ENGLISH CAMP before it June 20.1740
This maps changes perspective from a map view at the top to more of a coastal view at the bottom. It is accompanied by text describing the siege., Because of the map perspective, the coordinates are approximate.
[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.
[England, Humber River, Spurn Point]
[England, Humber River, Spurn Point]
Chart indicates low water marks, depth in fathoms, and ships course taken around the point. Dotted areas indicate banks and shoals. Of significance on this chart are locations of proposed lights and compass lines., A map of Spurn Point, Located on the east coast of the United Kingdom. Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule. There is one scale bar on the bottom of the map, represented in Miles. Map reads with North facing to the top of the map. I can only assume that the lines throughout the map are indication of current?
[Europe, Germany, Sheet no. 20]
[Europe, Germany, Sheet no. 20]
Map of Germany and part of Czechoslovakia. Map has detailed etchings of towns, pathways, rivers, and churches., Map of Germany and Czech Rep. Prime Meridian is unknown. Scale was determined by measuring distance from Prague to Rakonitz. The Latitude graticule does not match the distance from the Equator, and the top graticule is running with Letters. There are no scale bars on the Map.
[Europe, Germany, Sheet no. 21]
[Europe, Germany, Sheet no. 21]
Untitled map of Germany pictorially detailing pathways, churches, villages, towns, forests, and rivers. Regions named: Circulus, Map of Germany and Czech Republic. Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule. There is no scale bar on the map, scale was determined by measuring the distance between Melnick and Sobotka.
[Europe, Germany, Sheet no. 26]
[Europe, Germany, Sheet no. 26]
Untitled map of Germany detailing pathways, churches, villages, towns, forests, and rivers. Regions named: Ertzeburgicus, Circuius, Litomericensis, Map of Germany, Prime meridian is London. The longitude is set with letters. There is no scale bar.
[Europe, Germany, Sheet no. 27]
[Europe, Germany, Sheet no. 27]
Untitled map of Germany pictorially detailing pathways, churches, villages, towns, forests, and rivers. Regions named: Boleslaviensis, Circulus, Map of Germany. Prime Meridian is unknown, although there is a grid, but it has letters instead of numbers, as well the latitude grid is not based off the equator. Scale was determined by measuring from Rostok to Greiffenberg.
[Europe, Germany, Sheet no. 28]
[Europe, Germany, Sheet no. 28]
Untitled map of Germany detailing pathways, churches, villages, towns, forests, and rivers. Small etched crowns appear at prominent town. For example: Schwiednitz. Regions named: Weichbild,Landeshutisch, Bolckenhayn, Map of Poland/Germany. Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule. No scale bar on the map; scale was determined by measuring the distance from Hirschberg to Schwiednitz. Latitude grid is marked with Letters, and longitude is marked with numbers not related to the Equator. The map is printed in German. The map reads with North facing to the top of the map.
[Europe, Germany, Sheet no. 29]
[Europe, Germany, Sheet no. 29]
Untitled map of Germany detailing pathways, churches, villages, towns, forests, and rivers. Regions named: Weichbild, Grot, Principatus Bre, Monsterbergensis, Map of Poland/Germany. Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule. There is no scale bar on the map, scale was determined by measuring the distance from Franckenstien to Grottgau. Latitude grid is marked with Letters, and longitude is marked with numbers not related to the Equator. The map is printed in German. The map reads with North facing to the top of the map.
[Europe, Germany, Sheet no. 32]
[Europe, Germany, Sheet no. 32]
Untitled map indicating cities of Dresden and Meiseen. Etchings of mountain, forests, rivers, and pathways embellish surrounding region., Map of Germany. Prime Meridian is London, the top graticule has letters instead of numbers. There is no scale bar on the map. Scale was determined by measuring the distance of the river. Map was referenced with Data acquired from USGS's Earth Explorer.
[Europe, Germany, Sheet no. 33]
[Europe, Germany, Sheet no. 33]
Untitled map of Germany detailing pathways, churches, villages, towns, forests, and rivers. Regions named: Rath, Goerlizer, Map of Poland/Germany. Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule. No scale bar on the map; scale was determined by measuring the distance from Schlukenau to Lauban. Latitude grid is marked with Letters, and longitude is marked with numbers not related to the Equator. The map is printed in German. The map reads with North facing to the top of the map.

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