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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SHROP SHIRE Drawn from the best Authorities by E. Bowen Geog'r to His Majesty
SHROP SHIRE Drawn from the best Authorities by E. Bowen Geog'r to His Majesty
A map of Shropshire by Bowen for Hinton's Universal Magazine. The arms of Shrewsbury are detailed on the right side of the map. The coat of arms include three leopards faces dating back to the late 1300's. A scroll and foliage motif cartouche frames the map's title. The small hills of the area are shown through lightly hachuring, and larger towns/cities have generalized buildings. Etchings include small churches, fortifications, and town plans. A legend describes the map in the top left corner., The scale bar is in English miles, and the map uses London for its prime meridian; the scale and coordinates were calculated from the map's scale bar and graticule.
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.
STAFFORD SHIRE, Drawn from the best Authoiries by Eman. Bowen Geog'r to His Majesty
STAFFORD SHIRE, Drawn from the best Authoiries by Eman. Bowen Geog'r to His Majesty
A map of the county of Shropshire for Hinton's Universal Magazine. The arms of Stafford are shown in the bottom left corner. The crest includes two Figure 8 knots, a crenellation battlement tower, and one King Richard Lion emblem. The cartouche framing the map's title and mark of responsibility jad sp,e foliage and scrollwork. The right top corner Explanation of boroughs, market towns, parishes, villages, and croft roads corresponds to items on map in described in adjoining text., The map's scale bar is in English miles, and London is used for its prime meridian. Scale and coordinates were calculated from the physical map.
SUFFOLK, Drawn from late SURVEYS by Eman. Bowen Geog'r to His Majesty
SUFFOLK, Drawn from late SURVEYS by Eman. Bowen Geog'r to His Majesty
A map of the county of Suffolk for Hinton's Universal Magazine. The coat of arms of Bury are present, and a detailed cartouche borders the work's title and mark of responsibility. An elaborate cartouche frames the map title with authority given to Eman. Bowen as engraver. The Arms of Bury placed in the right top corer show a scroll motif cartouche with vegetation and three crowns pierced with two crossed arrows. roadways, town centers, and reliefe are detailed. An explanation of borough, market towns, and watermills in placed at center top of map. Water mills along rivers are symbolized, along with members of parliament of areas. and recently surveyed roads., The scale bar is in English miles, and London is used for the prime meridian.
SURREY, drawn from late SURVEYS by R. W. Seale
SURREY, drawn from late SURVEYS by R. W. Seale
A map of the county of Surrey by Seale using an alphabetized legend for the ancient system of hundreds. More roads are shown at a larger scale on this map compared to Bowen's work, including a rendering of the coat of arms of the county's principal settlement, but otherwise many of the conventions stay the same with the addition of gentleman's seats and how many members of parliament are sent by the county. A keyed Explanation is located in the bottom right corner. An elaborate and detailed Arms of Guilford is placed at top of map. The arms is framed by an elaborate cartouche. The arms include a depiction of a large crenellation castle complete with drawn gate, two emblems, and a lion. Landscapes are pictorially presented to include town buildings, parks, cartways and pathways., The scale bar is in English miles, and London is used for the prime meridian. The scale and coordinates were calculated using the map's scale bar and graticule.
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.
Sketch of the Action near Syringapatam, Feb'y 6, 1792
Sketch of the Action near Syringapatam, Feb'y 6, 1792
A sketch displaying British troop movement during the Battle of Seringapatam in 1792, the siege of modern day Srirangapatna oriented with South at the top. It was during this battle that Tipu Sultan was killed. Sketch depicts British encampments, Tippoo's camp, trenches, and lines of attack are indicated by dotted lines., As there are no coordinates or scale displayed, each are derived as rough estimates via georeferencing.
Station of the Ships in PORT PRAYA BAY, when the Engagement began between Com'e Johnstone & M. de Suffrien
Station of the Ships in PORT PRAYA BAY, when the Engagement began between Com'e Johnstone & M. de Suffrien
Copper plate engraving of showing the ships in Port Praya Bay when the engagement began between Com G Johnstone & M'de Suffrien'. The battle took place during the American Revolutionary Wars on the 6th April 1781 with the British Squadron lead by George Johnstone and the French Squadron by Bailli de Suffrien. Preliminary investigations read that L'Artesien was actually the first French ship to enter the mouth of the harbour and view the English fleet and she needed to replenish her water store, while this map shows the Flagship in that position. The accuracy as to which ships were present during the battle is also an interesting question as the British 32 gunner Apollo appears to have been present at the battle but not on the map., Preliminary investigations read that L'Artesien was actually the first French ship to enter the mouth of the harbour and view the English fleet and she needed to replenish her water store, while this map shows the Flagship in that position. The accuracy as to which ships were present during the battle is also an interesting question as the British 32 gunner Apollo appears to have been present at the battle but not on the map. Scale and coordinates derived from georeferencing.
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 CHANNEL including the COASTS of ENGLAND and FRANCE
THE BRITISH CHANNEL including the COASTS of ENGLAND and FRANCE
A map depicting navigation details including fathoms and distances of the channel between Brittany and the coast of Britian. A.compass rose sits at the widest part of the channel; isobaths are used instead of soundings to display depth; rocks, sandbanks, and other marine hazrads are symbolized. Lizard Point is boldly labeled as a common point of departure. The lower portion of the map shows a detailed cross-section profile of the channel and cliffs complete with depth in fathoms and distances by degrees, titled: Section of the Channel and Part of the German Ocean from the Isles of Scilly to Orford Ness., The scale bar spans the full North-South extent of the map, and is in British and French leagues and London is used for the prime meridian; the scale was calculated from the scale bar and the coordinates from the map's graticule.

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