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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WORLD ON MERCATOR'S PROJECTION SHEWING THE VOYAGES OF CAPTAIN COOK ROUND THE WORLD
WORLD ON MERCATOR'S PROJECTION SHEWING THE VOYAGES OF CAPTAIN COOK ROUND THE WORLD
A world map showing Cook's 3 voyages in the Mercator projection. A legend for the vessel track sits in the bottom right corner, and continental borders are hand-coloured. An engraving of one of Cook's ships sit in the bottom centre., No scale bar is present, and Greenwich is used for the prime meridian; the scale was calculated from the map's graticule and the coordinates were obtained via georeferencing.
[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.
[Europe, Germany, Sheet no. 26]
[Europe, Germany, Sheet no. 26]
Untitled map of Germany detailing pathways, churches, villages, towns, forests, and rivers. Regions named: Ertzeburgicus, Circuius, Litomericensis, Map of Germany, Prime meridian is London. The longitude is set with letters. There is no scale bar.
[Europe, Germany, Sheet no. 27]
[Europe, Germany, Sheet no. 27]
Untitled map of Germany pictorially detailing pathways, churches, villages, towns, forests, and rivers. Regions named: Boleslaviensis, Circulus, Map of Germany. Prime Meridian is unknown, although there is a grid, but it has letters instead of numbers, as well the latitude grid is not based off the equator. Scale was determined by measuring from Rostok to Greiffenberg.
[Europe, Germany, Sheet no. 28]
[Europe, Germany, Sheet no. 28]
Untitled map of Germany detailing pathways, churches, villages, towns, forests, and rivers. Small etched crowns appear at prominent town. For example: Schwiednitz. Regions named: Weichbild,Landeshutisch, Bolckenhayn, Map of Poland/Germany. Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule. No scale bar on the map; scale was determined by measuring the distance from Hirschberg to Schwiednitz. Latitude grid is marked with Letters, and longitude is marked with numbers not related to the Equator. The map is printed in German. The map reads with North facing to the top of the map.
[Europe, Germany, Sheet no. 29]
[Europe, Germany, Sheet no. 29]
Untitled map of Germany detailing pathways, churches, villages, towns, forests, and rivers. Regions named: Weichbild, Grot, Principatus Bre, Monsterbergensis, Map of Poland/Germany. 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 from Franckenstien to Grottgau. Latitude grid is marked with Letters, and longitude is marked with numbers not related to the Equator. The map is printed in German. The map reads with North facing to the top of the map.
[Europe, Germany, Sheet no. 32]
[Europe, Germany, Sheet no. 32]
Untitled map indicating cities of Dresden and Meiseen. Etchings of mountain, forests, rivers, and pathways embellish surrounding region., Map of Germany. Prime Meridian is London, the top graticule has letters instead of numbers. There is no scale bar on the map. Scale was determined by measuring the distance of the river. Map was referenced with Data acquired from USGS's Earth Explorer.
[Europe, Germany, Sheet no. 33]
[Europe, Germany, Sheet no. 33]
Untitled map of Germany detailing pathways, churches, villages, towns, forests, and rivers. Regions named: Rath, Goerlizer, Map of Poland/Germany. Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule. No scale bar on the map; scale was determined by measuring the distance from Schlukenau to Lauban. Latitude grid is marked with Letters, and longitude is marked with numbers not related to the Equator. The map is printed in German. The map reads with North facing to the top of the map.
[Europe, Germany, Sheet no. 34]
[Europe, Germany, Sheet no. 34]
Untitled map of Germany detailing pathways, churches, villages, towns, forests, and rivers. Small etched crowns appear at prominent town. For example: bottom left at Loewenberg. Regions named: Weichbild, Leignitzisch and vicinity of Lignitz., Map of Germany. Map reads with North facing to the left of the map. Prime meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule, there is some sort of grid, but it's with letters and not numbers. No scale bar on the map, scale was determined by measuring distance from Goldberg to Rauden.
[Europe, Germany, Sheet no. 35]
[Europe, Germany, Sheet no. 35]
Untitled map of Poland and Germany detailing Breslaw and surrounding regions including forested areas, churches, mountains, lakes and rivers., Map of Poland/Germany. 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 from Bresclaw to Festenberg. Latitude grid is marked with Letters, and longitude is marked with numbers not related to the Equator. The map is printed in German. The map reads with North facing to the top of the map.
[Europe, Germany, Sheet no.22]
[Europe, Germany, Sheet no.22]
Untitled map of Germany. Detailed map of landforms, forests, rivers, and lakes. Names on map are written in German and Czechoslovakian., Map of Lower Germany & Czech Republic. Prime meridian is unknown although there is a grid; it references letters appose to numerical coordinates, as well, the Latitude grid is does not run with the Equator. There is no scale bar on the map. Scale was determined by measuring from Miletin to Glatz. Most of the town & city names on the map are shown in German, and have a completely different English/Czech name. The map reads with North facing to the top of the map.

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