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.
- [ISLE OF SABLE]
- The work of J. F. W. DesBarres, especially the "Atlantic Neptune", was a significant part of Walter's research and interest. The Collection includes 59 charts, views and elevations from the 4 volume set, most from the Sea Coast of Nova Scotia volume., Scale bars in statute and nautical miles.
- [Lower Brittany, Bay of Biscay]
- There are coastal views included for several points of interest., Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule. There is one scale bar on the map, represented in leagues.
- [North America, Georgia, Sea Islands]
- This map is small inset map on a page from the Gentleman's Magazine and is an addendum to An Accurate Map of the West Indies from the 1740 volume., Map of Sapola Island and other small islands off the coast of Georgia and Florida, U.S. Today they are referred to collectively as the Sea Islands.
- [North America, Louisiana, Virginia & Carolina]
- Untitled map detailing land features of Lousiana, Virginia, Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Of note: also indicated are several lands of the Indigenous peoples - Country of the Kanoatinos, Ceuis, Pavis, Padoucas, Ougawas, Sious, and Caomtas Nation. Map extends to the Gulf of Mexico in the south to Lake Huron and Lake Michigan in the north. Niagara Fall is noted between Lake Erie and Lake Ontario., Map of the Majority of the East coast of America. Prime Meridian is London. There is one scale bar on the map, represented in British Miles. Map reads with North facing to the top of the map. Found that the Southern Features on the map, such as Florida and Lousianna, ect. are a little distorted.
- exact PLAN of the BATTLE of MINDEN, August 1st, 1759
- A plan of the Battle of Minden fought August 1, 1759 between the French army and the Anglo-German army during the Seven Years War. The Anglo-german alliance commanded by Field Marchal Ferdinand, Duke of Brunswick, defeated a French army commanded by Marshal of France Louis, Marquis de Contades. This plan predates the completion of this stretch of the Mittland Canal by 156 years, which is extremely prominent in the area's modern topography and has altered the landscape. The letters & numbers are explained on page 144 & 145 of the magazine., The scale and coordinates were loosely calculated via georeferencing. Unable to locate the present day equivalent of the many of the villages. Impossible to accurately georeference as drawing is not to scale (Hille at E is over 13 km away from Minden, making this a map at around 1:185,000 if it were - at this scale it would be impossible to see any details; instead a very loose scale was calculated using a smaller area around Old Minden).