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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The ROAD from LONDON to CAMBRIDGE, ELY & KINGS LYNN / From OXFORD to CAMBRIDGE passing thro BUCKINGHAM & BEDFORD / ELY to BURY
The ROAD from LONDON to CAMBRIDGE, ELY & KINGS LYNN / From OXFORD to CAMBRIDGE passing thro BUCKINGHAM & BEDFORD / ELY to BURY
Strip maps of roadway detailing city blocks, buildings, and crossroads from London to Cambridge, Ely, and Kings Lynn; from oxford to Cambridge; from Ely to Bury.Ten strip maps on one sheet. Buildings within cities and along the road are etched and several shires are noted., Map sheet consisting of three individual road maps, all found in the United Kingdom. Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticuel. Each map is orientated with North facing a different way. Scale was determined by measuring the length of the roads.
The ROAD from LONDON to FLAMBOROUGH HEAD, passing thro PETERBOROUGH, LINCOLN &c. commencing at Stilton in the YORK ROAD [on plate with] From LONDON to BOSTON commencing at Pekirk Column I [on plate with] From LINCOLN to BOSTON, see ye bottom
The ROAD from LONDON to FLAMBOROUGH HEAD, passing thro PETERBOROUGH, LINCOLN &c. commencing at Stilton in the YORK ROAD [on plate with] From LONDON to BOSTON commencing at Pekirk Column I [on plate with] From LINCOLN to BOSTON, see ye bottom
Strip maps of road detailing city blocks, buildings, and crossroads from London to Peterborough, Boston, and Lincoln. Eleven strip maps I plus plan of Yorkshire., Various Road maps located in the United Kingdom. There are four road maps on this one map sheet. All maps have North pointing in different directions. Scale was determined by measuring the distance of the roads. Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule.
The River St. John
The River St. John
Includes inset "The Entrance of the River St. John". The elliptical cartouche includes the following text and is typical of DesBarres' navigational notes when present: "The River St. John, has sufficient depth of Water for large Ships to the Falls. Whence it continues Navigable 80 miles up into the Country of Vessels of 100 Tons. At Fort Frederick, common Tides rise 18 feet perpendicular, and Equinoctial Spring Tides 25 Feet, above the Falls, it seldom flows more than 4 Feet. When the Tide has risen 12 Feet, at the Fort, the Falls are Smooth, after which during about 20 Minutes, they are passable. At times of great Freshets, which generally happen between the beginning of April, & the middle of May, from the melting of the Snow, the Falls are absolutely impassable, to Vessels bound up the River, as the Tide does not reach to their Level.", Imprint: Publish'd according to Act of Parliament, Feb'y 14, 1779, by J. F. W. DesBarres. Scale bars in statute and nautical miles.
The Roads, of TOULON, with the adjacent Country
The Roads, of TOULON, with the adjacent Country
Map of Toulon, France. The Scale was determined by measuring from Cape Capet to The Great Tower. Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule. Map reads with North Facing to the Bottom Right of the map.
The Seat of War in the Circle of Westphalia
The Seat of War in the Circle of Westphalia
Map detailing area of war stages in Netherlands with the Hague, Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Groningen. An account of the was in printed on page 331 of the journal., Map of the South Scandinavian countries. Two scale bars on the map, one in English Miles, the other in German Miles. The Prime Meridian is London. The map reads with north facing to the Top right of the map.
VIEW of the Town and CASTLE of ST. AUGUSTINE, and the ENGLISH CAMP before it June 20.1740
VIEW of the Town and CASTLE of ST. AUGUSTINE, and the ENGLISH CAMP before it June 20.1740
This maps changes perspective from a map view at the top to more of a coastal view at the bottom. It is accompanied by text describing the siege., Because of the map perspective, the coordinates are approximate.
View of CADIZ in SPAIN from the West [on plate with] PLAN of the BAY and ROADS of CADIZ
View of CADIZ in SPAIN from the West [on plate with] PLAN of the BAY and ROADS of CADIZ
A plan of Cadiz, Spain, along with its waters and surrounding area accompanied by a view of the city from the bay during rather tumultuous seas. The plan shows many characteristics of a chart including soundings, sand banks, rocks/hazards, and rhumb lines. The top half of page depicts the bay and view of the city with structures of windmills, churches, homes, and fortifications. Several boats both single mast and battleships are depicted as are vigorous wave action., The scale bar is in marine leagues, and there is no graticule present; the scale was calculated from the scale bar and coordinated were obtained via georeferencing.
View of PORT ROYAL and KINGSTON HARBOUR in the Island of JAMAICA
View of PORT ROYAL and KINGSTON HARBOUR in the Island of JAMAICA
This illustration is taken from Edward Long's 'The History of Jamaica,' and depicts the harbours of Port and Kingston. During the 17th century Port Royal flourished and was the principal Spanish trading port but it was later devastated by an earthquake in 1692, a fire in 1703 and a hurricane in 1722. Eventually the town was abandoned and Spanish Town became the island's capital (until 1872, when it transferred to Kingston). Kingston harbour was considered the most beautiful in the world at this time. A view of the Port Royal/Kingston, Jamaica harbour viewed from its entrance to the south. From this vantage, Port Royal appears possibly on top of the water, and the tombolo forming the Palisadoes seem incredibly narrow, possibly due to the earthquake of 1692., Coordinates refer to center point to which the image is referenced in right-reading.
WEST CANADA
WEST CANADA
A map of "West Canada" divided down to the township level, ranging from past the Ontario - Québec border to Cockburn Island in the North Channel of Lake Huron. Engravings of Niagara Falls, Kingston, Natives at rest, and a beaver, along with the Great Seal of Upper Canada., The scale bar is in miles, and Greenwich is used for the prime meridian; the scale was calculated from the map's scale bar and the coordinates were obtained via georeferencing.
WESTERN HEMISPEHERE
WESTERN HEMISPEHERE
A steel engraved hemispheric style map of the Western Hemisphere. Hand-coloured lines delineate national borders. Engraved vignettes of scenes depicting New World wildlife, and scenes of ordinary life of the locals, each in its own oval or round border, frame the map proper. Islands with pink outlines show certain British territories. Relief is shown, along with coastal shading., Greenwich is used for the prime meridian, and no scale bar is present; the scale and coordinates were calculated using the map's graticule.
[Asia, Russia & Turkey, Frontiers]
[Asia, Russia & Turkey, Frontiers]
Map covers the Cossack area of eastern Ukraine., Scale was determined by measuring between a degree of longitude. Corner Coordinates were determined by performing graticule math.
[Bay of Biscay]
[Bay of Biscay]
Woodcut covering the coastline from the Lizard Peninsula in England to the Strait of Gibraltar. Perhaps due to space restrictions, the English Channel appears closed off between England and France. The map is accompanied by a written description of the movement of English fleets., Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of graticule grid. Scale was deteremined by measuring from the tip of Cape Finisterre , Portugal, to the northern point of Cadiz.
[England, Humber River, Spurn Point]
[England, Humber River, Spurn Point]
Chart indicates low water marks, depth in fathoms, and ships course taken around the point. Dotted areas indicate banks and shoals. Of significance on this chart are locations of proposed lights and compass lines., A map of Spurn Point, Located on the east coast of the United Kingdom. Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule. There is one scale bar on the bottom of the map, represented in Miles. Map reads with North facing to the top of the map. I can only assume that the lines throughout the map are indication of current?
[Europe, Germany, Sheet no. 20]
[Europe, Germany, Sheet no. 20]
Map of Germany and part of Czechoslovakia. Map has detailed etchings of towns, pathways, rivers, and churches., Map of Germany and Czech Rep. Prime Meridian is unknown. Scale was determined by measuring distance from Prague to Rakonitz. The Latitude graticule does not match the distance from the Equator, and the top graticule is running with Letters. There are no scale bars on the Map.
[Europe, Germany, Sheet no. 21]
[Europe, Germany, Sheet no. 21]
Untitled map of Germany pictorially detailing pathways, churches, villages, towns, forests, and rivers. Regions named: Circulus, Map of Germany and Czech Republic. Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule. There is no scale bar on the map, scale was determined by measuring the distance between Melnick and Sobotka.

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