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 of the Forts Ontario and Oswego, with Part of the River Onondago and Lake Ontario
Plan of the Forts Ontario and Oswego, with Part of the River Onondago and Lake Ontario
Details of the Fort of Oswego, New York State at time of a siege lasting 2 years. The account takes over 6 pages of this journal. Accompanying text explains alpha reference indicated on plan including: Lake Ontario, Small harbour for whale boats, new guard room, swamp, islands, falls, rivers, and falls., Map of Oswego, located in Upper New York State. Prime Meridian is unknown, due to lack of information and graticule. There is a a legend with significant points of interest throughout the map. The most notable features on the map are the Forts.
Plan of the Navigable Canal now making from the City of Chester to Middlewich, and of the Branch from A to Naintwich
Plan of the Navigable Canal now making from the City of Chester to Middlewich, and of the Branch from A to Naintwich
The map shows planning the canal with little details., A plan of the canal from Chester to Middlewich, Cheshire, with a branch SE to Nantwich. Often these canals closely follow existing rivers, but in this instance the canal is quite independent . The plan has little in the way of ornamentation; the north arrow is identical to that of WKM-J-181 except the crosshair is only encircled once. The map is a good candidate for rubber sheeting as it does not match well within a GIS. The scale was calculated from the map's scale bar, and the coordinates were derived via georeferencing.
Port de Halifax de la Nouvelle Ecosse avec les Recifs, Dangers, Bas fonds et Sondes
Port de Halifax de la Nouvelle Ecosse avec les Recifs, Dangers, Bas fonds et Sondes
Land features are almost completely devoid of topography or relief; coastline augmented with hachures. Depth is shown by soundings. Handwritten on verso: "Map No. 9 from: Pilote Américain Septentrionale pour Les Côtes de Labrador, Nlle Ecosse, Nlle Angleterre, New York, Pensylvanie, Maryland, Virginia, Les I. Caroline et Floride . . .A Paris Chez Le Rouge 1778. Stevenson & Stile . Cat . New Series No. 23 (40A).", West is "up" when in reading position. The graphic scale bar unit of measure is miles, the representative fraction scale is calculated by measuring scale bar increments. While the grid aligns with magnetic north it does not indicate lines of longitude and latitude and direction of lines of longitude is indicated by arrows extending from rhumb line centroids, labelled "Meridien". No geographic coordinates are displayed and there is no graticule or indication, as such, of a prime meridian; the map was meant to be used to navigate an entrance channel into Halifax harbour, after having located the mouth of the harbour with the use of other smaller scale charts. Rhumb line bearings, soundings, landmarks, and shallow water hazards, all displayed graphically, serve as navigational guides. 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 (cylindrical).
REMARKS by M. Bellin, in relation to his Maps drawn for P. CHARLEVOIX'S History of New France, &c.
REMARKS by M. Bellin, in relation to his Maps drawn for P. CHARLEVOIX'S History of New France, &c.
This article was written to accompany Bellin's map, engraved by Thomas Jefferys published in the January issue. The original map was published in Charlevoix's "Histoire et description générale de la Nouvelle France".
RUSSIA DIVIDED into its GOVERNMENTS
RUSSIA DIVIDED into its GOVERNMENTS
There are three scale bars; two are different Russian Versts, great versts and common versts and the third British miles. Ferro (El Hierro) is the prime meridian.
Roman Encampments at CHILHAM in Kent; Telegraph, &c.
Roman Encampments at CHILHAM in Kent; Telegraph, &c.
The accompanying text indicated that fig. 1 on the sheet represents the summer encampment for the Romans on their second invasion. The etching of a windmill and filtration system is enclosed on two acres surrounded by a trench. Figure 2 sketches a 12 acre parcel worked into trenches. Figure 3 on the sheet details the telegraph building. A letter written by Z. Cozens, who also etched the plans, details why the trenches were built, the conflict, and workings of the telegraph. He writes that on a clear day a message can be sent using the shutters a distance of 72 miles with a return message in 7 1/2 minutes., Figure 1 is believed to be located atop the large hill in Shottenden at 0.9274, 51.2555 dd, just north of the village with the same name, and is oriented with SSW at the top. Coordinates and scale estimated via georeferencing. Figure 2 is impossible to georeference to a reasonable degree of certainty, but according to the text it is located approximately 2 miles southeast of Figure 1 around 1.0081, 51.2246 dd. There is evidence of embankments in the area, but any attempt at locating the exact area would be a guess without ground truthing.
SKETCH OF THE NORTH EASTERN BOUNDARY Between GREAT BRITAIN AND THE UNITED STATES as Settled by Treaty Aug't 9th, 1842
SKETCH OF THE NORTH EASTERN BOUNDARY Between GREAT BRITAIN AND THE UNITED STATES as Settled by Treaty Aug't 9th, 1842
Note outside the neat lines: "Published Sept. 29th, 1842, by Ja's Wyld, Geographer to the Queen, & H.R.H. Prince Albert. Charing Cross East London". There is no scale bar; the scale was calculated based on increments of latitude., Represents the New Brunswick / Maine border as settled by the Webster-Ashburton Treaty in 1842. Includes "Old Boundary as Claimed by Great Britain" and "New Boundary Claimed by Great Britain" and "Boundary Claimed by The United States" and "Boundary as Settled by the Treaty Award of the King of Holland".
SKETCH of TONGATABOO HARBOUR 1777
SKETCH of TONGATABOO HARBOUR 1777
The map orientation is inverted from a normal map reading position with South on top.
SOMERSET SHIRE Drawn from the best authorities
SOMERSET SHIRE Drawn from the best authorities
Includes an engraving of the Arms of Bath, London is used as the prime meridian. The scale is in British Statute Miles.
SOUTH AMERICA Drawn from the best MAPS
SOUTH AMERICA Drawn from the best MAPS
Map depicts account of European settlements in South America. Seafaring tracks of note depicted on map include: track in the quest of the Acaulca Ship and track to the South Sea. Short annotations on make include: "Port discovered by S. F. Drake"; "In this Harb. of the Ann Pink of Com. Ansor Squad. Anchor"; " Here about the Wager was lost"., Map of South America. Prime Meridian is London. Scale was determined by measuring between 10 Degrees of Latitude.
SPAIN and PORTUGAL [on sheet with] A MAP of the Mouth of the River TAGUS, or Harbour of the City of LISBON
SPAIN and PORTUGAL [on sheet with] A MAP of the Mouth of the River TAGUS, or Harbour of the City of LISBON
Two maps on one sheet-the upper being Spain and delineating the various provinces including Andalusia, Granada, Valencia, Catalonia and the islands of Majorca, Minorca and Ivica. The bottom map shows the Mouth of the River Tagus or Harbour of the City of Lisbon with a small inset view of Belem Castle. Sounding depth shown in fathoms., Map of Spain & Portugal at top of page with map of Lisbon below. Prime meridian determined to be Ferro. Legend located in the bottom left corner of the map. Scale bar in English Leagues.
SUSSEX, Drawn from an Actual SURVEY by R. W. Seale
SUSSEX, Drawn from an Actual SURVEY by R. W. Seale
A map of the county of Sussex, divided into the six rapes and noted by an alpha-key at top center of map. A rape is a traditional territorial sub-division of the county of Sussex in England, formerly used for various administrative purposes. An explanatory legend sits below the mainlaind noting towns, parish churches, castles, roads, water mills, and parks with accompanying pictorial etchings. The arms of Chichester in the top right depicting a crenelation battlement and royal robes. The Cartouche around the crest is both scroll motif and tall vegetation such as cattails and bullrushes. A scroll motif cartouche frames the work's title, mark of responsibility, and publishing details. Details concerning parliamentary representation are shown., The scale bar is in English miles, and the graticule uses London for its prime meridian; the scale was calculated from the the scale bar and the coordinates from the map's graticule.
TABULA APHRICAE I
TABULA APHRICAE I
This map appears in another example of the several translations of Ptolemy's Geography. This one, in Latin, was a translation directly from the Greek done by Pirckheimer and revised by Giuseppe Moleti. Stevens (pg. 51) notes that the maps in this version are identical to the maps in the Italian 1561 edition, also published by Vincenzo Valgrisi. Includes the verso and the original sellers information.
TABULA APHRICAE II
TABULA APHRICAE II
This map appears in another example of the several translations of Ptolemy's Geography. This one, in Latin, was a translation directly from the Greek done by Pirckheimer and revised by Giuseppe Moleti. Stevens (pg. 51) notes that the maps in this version are identical to the maps in the Italian 1561 edition, also published by Vincenzo Valgrisi.
THE BRITISH COLONIES in NORTH AMERICA from the best AUTHORITIES
THE BRITISH COLONIES in NORTH AMERICA from the best AUTHORITIES
The map includes numerous notations giving the reader some historical and environmental context. Examples of these are: "The climate of this land is a great deal more temperate than Hudsons Bay" for an area in western Ontario north of the Lake of the Woods and "Christian Sea discovered by Jn Monk in 1619" on Baffin Bay.

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