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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PLAN DU PORT DAUPHIN ET DE SA RADE Avec l'Entrée de Labrador
PLAN DU PORT DAUPHIN ET DE SA RADE Avec l'Entrée de Labrador
Inset: Fort projetté pour défendre l'entreé du Port Dauphin
PLAN DU PORT DAUPHIN, DE LA RADE DE Ste. ANNE, DE L'ENTRÉE DE LABRADOR ET DE LA BAIE DE NIGANICHE...
PLAN DU PORT DAUPHIN, DE LA RADE DE Ste. ANNE, DE L'ENTRÉE DE LABRADOR ET DE LA BAIE DE NIGANICHE...
"Cette carte à été dressée les originaux conservés au Dépôt des plans de la marine. Le Port Dauphin, la rade de Ste. Anne, et la baye de Niganiche ont été levés, en 1733, par M. Boucher, ingenieur du roi, l'entrée de Labrador l'avoit été, en 1722, par M. le cher. de L'Etanduere. On à réduit ces deux Plans à la même Echelle, pour les présenter ensemble sur une même Feuille." Translation (not literal): This map was drawn from originals stored at the Dépôt des plans de la marine. Port Dauphin, St. Anne's harbour and Niganiche bay were surveyed in 1733 by Mr. Boucher, engineer to the King, The entrance to Labrador was done in 1722 by Mr. de L'Etanduere. We reduced the two maps at the same scale, to present together on the same sheet., Uses Paris prime meridian (2.337° east of Greenwich). The scale bar uses nautical miles and nautical leagues as units of measure and was compared with a secondary calculation by increment of latitude to determine the scale.
PLAN DU PORT DE CHIBOUCTOU  à la Côte de l'Acadie avec les Côtes voisines. La plus grande partie a été Levée par M. le Mis de Chabert, et l'autre est Extraite des meilleurs Plans Anglois Par Ordre de M. DE SARTINE Conseiller d'Etat, Ministre et Secrétaire
PLAN DU PORT DE CHIBOUCTOU à la Côte de l'Acadie avec les Côtes voisines. La plus grande partie a été Levée par M. le Mis de Chabert, et l'autre est Extraite des meilleurs Plans Anglois Par Ordre de M. DE SARTINE Conseiller d'Etat, Ministre et Secrétaire
Relief is shown by hachures. Depth is shown by soundings., Uses Paris prime meridian (2.337° east of Greenwich). The graphic scale bar unit of measure is nautical miles. Rhumb lines are displayed for navigation and geographic north indicated with fleur de lis symbol. The presence of rhumb lines and a right-angled graticule indicates a conformal projection, likely Mercator's, which preserves shape and direction, for the purpose of navigation.
PLAN DU PORT ET VILE DE LOUISBOURG dan l'Isle Royale [on sheet with] PLAN DU PORT DAUPHIN ET DE SA RADE Avec l'Entrée de Labrador
PLAN DU PORT ET VILE DE LOUISBOURG dan l'Isle Royale [on sheet with] PLAN DU PORT DAUPHIN ET DE SA RADE Avec l'Entrée de Labrador
The Port Dauphin map has inset: "FORT Projetté pour défendre l'entrée de PORT DAUPHIN"., Two maps of equal importance on one sheet. Scales are in toises (1 toises = 6 ft).
PLAN DU PORT ET VILLE DE LOUISBOURG DANS L'ISLE ROYALE
PLAN DU PORT ET VILLE DE LOUISBOURG DANS L'ISLE ROYALE
Contains a list of significant buildings and locations in the city., The scale bar is in toises. There is no graticule.
PLAN DU PORT ROYAL dans l'Acadie Appellé Aujourd.' par les Anglois ANNAPOLIS ROYAL
PLAN DU PORT ROYAL dans l'Acadie Appellé Aujourd.' par les Anglois ANNAPOLIS ROYAL
The use of Port Royal, especially on maps of French origin, continued well into the late 18th century even though it was officially changed to Annapolis Royal after the conquest of Acadia by the British in 1710. On this map, both names are present, which was also common for most of the 18th century.
PLAN OF CHALEUR BAY IN THE GULF OF St. LAURENCE Surveyed by His Majesty's Ship NORWICH in 1760
PLAN OF CHALEUR BAY IN THE GULF OF St. LAURENCE Surveyed by His Majesty's Ship NORWICH in 1760
According to Skelton & Tooley (#13) the imprint is indicative of the 1st state of the North American Pilot. While several maps in the North American Pilot were previously published, the Chaleur Bay map was not. Notes underwater features and fishing banks., Scale bar in leagues. Navigation information like soundings, rhumb lines and current direction present.
PLAN OF GIBRALTAR
PLAN OF GIBRALTAR
Detailed plan of Gibraltar detailing specific rock formations, town plan, fortress walls, Governor's Gardens, windmills, The Old Mole, Queen's Battery, the Hospital, Rosia Guard, Grand Barracks, and the Magazine. The Road from Europa circumnavigates the landform. Of note is the specific boundary between the English and Spainards. Small inset map show orientation of Gibraltar in reference to the Bay of Gibraltar., Plan of Gibraltar, located on the North coast of Spain. The Prime meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule.Scale bar in Furlongs or half mile. Inset in the bottom right corner of the map detailing bay of Gibraltar location to Spain with a scale bar to three miles. Both maps read with North facing to the left of the map sheet.
PLAN OF MAESTRICHT, with the Adjacent Villages where the Battle was fought June 21
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
PLAN OF ST PETERSBURG with it's Fortifications, built by PETER THE GREAT in 1703 [on sheet with] The Harbour of CROWNSLOT, RIVER NEVA, CANAL made from the said River to the R. Wolschowa
PLAN OF ST PETERSBURG with it's Fortifications, built by PETER THE GREAT in 1703 [on sheet with] The Harbour of CROWNSLOT, RIVER NEVA, CANAL made from the said River to the R. Wolschowa
Detailed plan of St. Petersburg showing fortification constructed at the beginning of the 18th Century by Peter the Great in 1703. Plan details city buildings and outlying regions. The map on the same page shows regions around the city and to the East including the Canal extending the Neva to Wolschowa. The Neva River has a notation "passage for all the outward bound ships, but very difficult on account of its rapidity". The upper map depicts Russian Emperors Palaces & Garden and "a sandy road through the wood and morass"., Map of the Gulf of Finland, St. Petersburg. There is a scale bar in the bottom right corner, represented in Russian Klasfterns. Map reads with North Facing to the top left corner of the map. Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of graticule and information. WKM-J-056A is located on the Bottom of the map sheet. Map of the Gulf of Finland to Lake Ladoga, Located in Finland. There is a scale bar represented in Miles. North reads point to the top right corner of the map. Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule grid. WKM-J-056B is located on the top of the map sheet.
PLAN and PROFILE of a most remarkable Cavern, 5 Leagues from Besancon
PLAN and PROFILE of a most remarkable Cavern, 5 Leagues from Besancon
A profile and plan of what is assumed to be the Grotte de la Glacière near Besançon, France. Both plan and profile are aligned so that the user may better visualize the cavern in three dimensions. A corresponding legend is available within the accompanying text. The details of the wood cut, especially the numerous trees, terrain shading, and grass are quite impressive., The map's scale was calculated via its scale bar, and the coordinates were derived via georeferencing. Coordinates are an approximation only.

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