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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A PLAN of QUEBEC
A PLAN of QUEBEC
Insets: The Port and Environs of Quebec as it was when attack'd by the English; A Draught of the River St. Laurence. There is a detailed written description of Quebec, including its history., Scale of the main map is in yards and for the Quebec inset it is in toises (1 toises = 6 feet); there is no graticule present.
A PLAN of the CITY and Fortifications of ST MALO's
A PLAN of the CITY and Fortifications of ST MALO's
It's interesting to look at maps that were drawn at a time of significant events. Such is the case with this Saint-Malo map. Published in June 1758 while the final seige of Louisbourg was underway, it would be to Saint-Malo that many Acadian exiles would be sent later in 1758 and 1759., Large scale map but is quite accurate.
A PLAN of the CITY and HARBOUR of LA VERA CRUZ and the CASTLE of SAN JUAN DE ULUA Being the Key of Traffick and the principal Port of NEW SPAIN Lat: 19°:10'
A PLAN of the CITY and HARBOUR of LA VERA CRUZ and the CASTLE of SAN JUAN DE ULUA Being the Key of Traffick and the principal Port of NEW SPAIN Lat: 19°:10'
Includes a description of the wares sold at the city fair shops by English, Dutch, Italians and French and the compensation arrangement with the Spanish., Map reads with North facing to the top of the map, but in actuality, it's more North/West. Prime Meridian is Unknown due to lack of graticule and information on the map, although there is reference to the map having a Latitude 19º10'.
A PLAN of the City of PRAGUE, with the French and Austrian Camps [on plate with] City of EGRA [on plate with] Southern View of PRAGUE
A PLAN of the City of PRAGUE, with the French and Austrian Camps [on plate with] City of EGRA [on plate with] Southern View of PRAGUE
There are 3 nice illustrations accompanying the map, one of Maria Teresa, Queen of Hungary, one a view of the city of EGRA (the historic name for Cheb in the Czech Republic), and last a Southern View of Prague. The map and both views have key locations indicated.
A PLAN of the HARBOUR and TOWN of LOUISBOURG in the ISLAND of CAPE BRETON, Drawn on the Spot
A PLAN of the HARBOUR and TOWN of LOUISBOURG in the ISLAND of CAPE BRETON, Drawn on the Spot
Accompanies article: DESCRIPTION of the Town and Harbour of LOUISBURG in CAPE BRETON ; and some Observations of the great Importance of that Settlement., The scale is in toises. Walter's note: From: Grand Magazine of Universal Intelligence February, 1758 opp. p. 85; Jolly: Maps in British Periodicals, Part II, p.181, GMUI-1
A Particular MAP, to Illustrate Gen. Amherst's Expedition to MONTREAL; with a Plan of the Town & Draught of the Island
A Particular MAP, to Illustrate Gen. Amherst's Expedition to MONTREAL; with a Plan of the Town & Draught of the Island
Map depicts General Amherst's expedition along St. Lawrence River from Quebec to the Thousand Islands and onto the Niagara River, also a plan of the city of Montreal. Included on the map are the names of First Nations such as Iroquois, Senekaa, Cayugaes, etc. An inset map details the plan of the city itself including major streets and fortifications., Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of Graticule and information. There is a scale bar on each map. Inset map for Montreal has its own legend with place's within the City of Montreal.
A Perspective View of the City of BATH
A Perspective View of the City of BATH
Map views cannot be fully georeferenced because the scale and perspective varies across the view.
A Plan of BREDA, with the Adjacent Countries
A Plan of BREDA, with the Adjacent Countries
Prime meridian is unknown due to lack of information on the map. There are three scale bars represented on the map, English Miles, Dutch Miles and German Miles.
A Plan of Fort St. Philip and its Environs, with the French Emcampments, Batteries, &c.
A Plan of Fort St. Philip and its Environs, with the French Emcampments, Batteries, &c.
Detailed and decorative map of fortifications, walls, blockades, and water sources. Duke de Richelieu landed on the island and besieged the British garrison commonly known as the Fall of Minorca. Scale is 4 Furlongs or 1/2 mile. Of particular interest on this map are etchings of nine was ships off the coast. The references key complete with explanations of the fort are within the pages of the Gentleman's Quarterly specifically: Countergards, Ravelins, Lunettes, areas of attack, and places where supplies were received. The French Encampment is clearly marked., Map located just east of Spain. Map reads with North facing to the top left corner of the map. Prime Meridian is Unknown, due to lack of information on the map.
A Plan of the CITY & FORTIFICATIONS OF LOUISBOURG, from a Survey made by Richard Gridley, Lieut. Col. of the Train of Artillery in 1745
A Plan of the CITY & FORTIFICATIONS OF LOUISBOURG, from a Survey made by Richard Gridley, Lieut. Col. of the Train of Artillery in 1745
For those familiar with the history of Louisbourg, there is some irony in the date of publication of these maps. Appearing in the May 1758 issue of Universal Magazine they highlight the 1745 seige. On May 29, 1758 the British Navy left Halifax for what would be the final battle over Louisbourg. By the time this issue reached subscribers, the battle was probably well underway., Inset: A Map of GABARUS BAY, adjoining to Louisbourg, Although Jefferys name does not appear on these maps, they are almost identical to others known to have been engraved by him both before and after this was published. The cartouches are also typical of his style.
A Plan of the City & Harbour of LOUISBOURG; shewing that part of GABARUS BAY in which the English landed, also their Encampment during the Siege in 1745
A Plan of the City & Harbour of LOUISBOURG; shewing that part of GABARUS BAY in which the English landed, also their Encampment during the Siege in 1745
There is an inset map of Cape Breton Island in the top right hand corner of the map., There is one scale bar on the bottom of the main map, in English miles. The Prime meridian is unknown for the main map, due to lack of graticule and information on the map, but the key map indicated that the Prime meridian with that map is based in London. Both maps indicate North facing to the top of the map.
A Plan of the TOWN and HARBOUR of LOUISBOURG [on plate with] A PLAN of the CITY and HARBOUR of HAVANA [on plate with] A PLAN of the Town and Harbour of CARTAGENA [on plate with] A plan of the Harbour, Town and Forts of PORTOBELLO
A Plan of the TOWN and HARBOUR of LOUISBOURG [on plate with] A PLAN of the CITY and HARBOUR of HAVANA [on plate with] A PLAN of the Town and Harbour of CARTAGENA [on plate with] A plan of the Harbour, Town and Forts of PORTOBELLO
This map contains four different maps of important ports., Each map is a different scale with 3 different types of measurement within the scale bars; north is oriented differently on each map. For Louisbourg, the map is read with north/west at top of map; the Havana map is oriented south/east (more south than east) at the top with the map in reading position; the Cartagena map is read with east at the top; and the Portobello map reads with south/east at top of map.
A Plan of the Town & Fortress of GARIAH belonging to ANGRIA the Admiral to the Sahou Rajah on the Coast of MALLABAR
A Plan of the Town & Fortress of GARIAH belonging to ANGRIA the Admiral to the Sahou Rajah on the Coast of MALLABAR
Detailed explanation with keyed references on map. Starting on page 619 of this volume is a detailed and elaborate account of Angria the Pirate taking Feriah by Commodore Watson. Many references to Mongol's troops and forces., Prime Meridian is unknown on the map, due to the lack of graticule and information. The map reads with North facing to the left of the map. The Geographical location of the map is found on the west coast of India.
A SOUTH VIEW OF THE CITY OF GENOA
A SOUTH VIEW OF THE CITY OF GENOA
There is an extensive legend (called references) of locations in the city., As a map view, or bird's eye view, the scale changes across the map. For these views, we use a single point of reference. In this case we used the Lighthouse (#14 in the legend) as it is still standing.

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