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 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.
PLAN de L'ÎLE DE St. JEAN au Nord de l'Acadie et dans le Sud de Golfe de St. Laurent. Suivant l'Arpentage du Capitaine Anglois Holland. Redigé au Dépôt Général des Cartes, Plans et Journaux de la Marine, Par ordre de M. de Sartine, Conseiller d'Etat, Mini
PLAN de L'ÎLE DE St. JEAN au Nord de l'Acadie et dans le Sud de Golfe de St. Laurent. Suivant l'Arpentage du Capitaine Anglois Holland. Redigé au Dépôt Général des Cartes, Plans et Journaux de la Marine, Par ordre de M. de Sartine, Conseiller d'Etat, Mini
Uses Paris prime meridian (2.337° east of Greenwich). The scale bar uses nautical leagues as units of measure and was compared with a secondary calculation by increment of latitude to present the scale as a representative fraction.
PLAN of DRESDEN, Capital of SAXONY, late ye Residence of ye King of POLAND, Elector of SAXONY
PLAN of DRESDEN, Capital of SAXONY, late ye Residence of ye King of POLAND, Elector of SAXONY
Highly detailed plan of Dresden showing the Old and New Towns, their fortifications, and the surrounding countryside. Heavy use of stippling patterns and broken line techniques are used to differentiate various land covers and uses. Buildings within the city are generalized to blockswhile palaces/estates, gardens, orchards, crops, a cemetary, and wooded lots are symbolized outside the city's walls. There is an extensive legend for various cultural structures, and the viewer can plainly see the vulnerability outside of the fortress walls. Allied bombing of the city centre during WW2 changed the city considerably., There is no scale bar or graticule present in the work; both were obtained via georeferencing.
PLAN of HAVRE de GRACE [on plate with] The Bombardment of HAVRE DE GRACE July 4th 1759 [on plate with] [English Channel]
PLAN of HAVRE de GRACE [on plate with] The Bombardment of HAVRE DE GRACE July 4th 1759 [on plate with] [English Channel]
Two maps and one plan on single sheet. Map on left shows part of the British Channel, a portion of the coast of England, and the Isle of Wight. Top inset plan detains the harbour of Harve de Grace. Bottom inset depicts specific bombardment trajectory and landing during the was on July 4th, 1759., 3 maps on one map sheet, all of area's found within the British Channel, Scale on the Main map was determined by measuring between a degree of Latitude. Prime Meridian Is unknown for all maps, due to lack of information and graticule. All but the bottom right map (100C) are not perfect square's.
PLAN of ST. LUCIA, in the WEST INDIES: Shewing the Positions of the English & French Forces with the Attacks made at its Reduction in Dec'r 1778
PLAN of ST. LUCIA, in the WEST INDIES: Shewing the Positions of the English & French Forces with the Attacks made at its Reduction in Dec'r 1778
Map depicting the Battle of the Cul de Sac, Saint Lucia, oriented with SE at the top. This is the first printed plan of the battle between the English and French forces in St. Lucia during the Revolutionary War. This superb representation illustrates the various attacks and counter attacks in December 1778 between General Meadows and Count d'Estaigne. The movements of the French Fleet are shown in four different instances between the morning of December 15th near the centre of the map at Vigie to its movement west for the attack on Le Grand Cul de Sac in the forenoon, its repositioning and 2nd attack in the afternoon, and finally its anchoring off Gros Islet Bay. Positions of ships within the lines and direction of cannon fire are illustrated. Dispositions of troops and artillery positions are shown; hachuring to depict high ground. Le Grand Cul-de-Sac has a latitude of 13.986 WGS;, Coordinates derived from georeferencing.
PLAN of STRALSUND, with the Trenches Lines & Batteries, that the SWEDES made to defend it when beseiged by the DANES & PRUSSIANS in 1715
PLAN of STRALSUND, with the Trenches Lines & Batteries, that the SWEDES made to defend it when beseiged by the DANES & PRUSSIANS in 1715
Map includes depiction of King of Sweden camp, several ditches, and Danholm Fort facing part of the Baltic Sea during the time of the Siege of Stralsund (1711-1715)., Map of Stralsund, Located in North Germany. Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule. Map reads with north facing to the top of the map. There is a scale bare represented in Half an English Mile. Map was referenced with data acquired from USGS's Earth Explorer.
PLAN of the BATTLE of TONHAUSEN, ye 1st. Of August 1759, between his Britannic Majesty's Army, commanded by Prince Ferdinand of Brunswick, and that of France by Marshal De Contades: With the different Motions of the two Armies from the 14th. of July to th
PLAN of the BATTLE of TONHAUSEN, ye 1st. Of August 1759, between his Britannic Majesty's Army, commanded by Prince Ferdinand of Brunswick, and that of France by Marshal De Contades: With the different Motions of the two Armies from the 14th. of July to th
A plan of the Battle of Tonhausen/Minden detailing, along with the explanatory legend on page 169, detailing movements and positions around the time of Britain's famous and incredible victory. As a battle plan, land cover is highly detailed while cities (including the fortified Minden) are quite generalized; relief, terrain, and waterways are all shown as they all had direct bearing on the battle and pertain directly to what the reader would wish to see of the engagement. An elaborate cartouche frames the work's title and includes cattails and bullrushes along the scroll motif., The scale bar is in liegues (sic), and there is no graticule; the scale was calculated from the scale bar, and the coordinates from georeferencing.
PLAN of the Battle of DETTINGEN, as published by Authority
PLAN of the Battle of DETTINGEN, as published by Authority
Woodcut plan of the battle. It is accompanied by a detailed legend to troops, munitions and other key locations. This was one of the battles in the War of the Austrian Succession.
PLAN of the Battle of GLADSMUIR
PLAN of the Battle of GLADSMUIR
Map detailing locations of Highlanders and Rebels during the battle fought at Prestonpans, East Lothaian, Scotland. The Jacbite army loyal to James Stuart les by his son Charles Edward Stuart defeated the government army loyal to the Hanoverian George II led by Sir John Cope. This battle is heavily mythologized. The text accompanying the plan in this journal explicitly details the battle from a letter to Sir John Cope. The map is keyed locating the dragoons location and flights, the rebels march, and other military advancements., Plan of the Battle of Prestonpans SE of Edinburgh, the first major engagement of the 2nd Jacobite Uprising. The letters within the map correspond to the legend located on its left that uses both upper and lower case lettering to show positions, along with the repetition of certain letters to show movement throughout the battle. Settlements and farms are illustrated via small vignettes, along with generalized tree lines. The compass rose shows the Firth of Forth at the bottom as North. The coordinates and scale for this map were both derived via georeferencing.
PLAN of the CITY and HARBOUR of HAVANNA
PLAN of the CITY and HARBOUR of HAVANNA
Plan details city of Havana and the harbour. Etching of city blocks and building in surrounding area. Reference list A - R correspond to map locations for castles, barracks, college, fort, gate, church, parade, hospital, mole, magazine, and factory. Numbers in bay indicate depths by soundings. Relief shown pictorially., Map of the Harbour of Havanna, Cuba. Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule. Map reads with North facing to the bottom of the map. There is one scale bar on the map, in Miles. There is also a legend located on the left side of the map, indicating points of interest on the map.

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