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 NEW GENERAL ATLAS OF Modern Geography Comprised of Fifty One Maps Compiled from the latest and best Authorities
A NEW GENERAL ATLAS OF Modern Geography Comprised of Fifty One Maps Compiled from the latest and best Authorities
Contents: Rivers and Mountains. 1) World on Mercator's Projection. 2) World, Eastern Hemisphere. 3) World, Western Hemisphere. 4) Europe. 5) British Isles. 6) England and Wales. 7) Scotand. 8) Ireland. 9) France. 10) Belgium. 11) Holland. 12) Denmark. 13) Sweden and Norway. 14) Russian in Europe. 15) Prussia. 16) Austria. 17) Germany, Northern. 18) Germany, Southern. 19) Germany, Central. 20) Italy, Northern. 21) Italy, Southern. 22) Switzerland. 23) Spain and Protugal. 24) Greece. 25) Turkey in Europe. 26) Asia. 27) Turkey in Asia. 28) Russia in Asia. 29) Persia. 30) Palestine. 31) India. 32) Burman Empire. 33) China and Japan. 34) Africa. 35) Africa Southern. 36) Egypt. 37) North America. 38) North Do. British Possessions. 39) United States. 40) Mexico and Guatimala. 41) South America. 42) Colombia. 43) Brazil. 44) Chile and La Plata. 45) Peru and Bolivia. 46) West Indies. 47) Australia. 48) Van Diemen's Land. 49) East Indian Islands. 50) Pacific Ocean. 51. New Zealand.
A NEW MAP of NOVA SCOTIA, and CAPE BRITAIN with the adjacent parts of NEW ENGLAND and CANADA...
A NEW MAP of NOVA SCOTIA, and CAPE BRITAIN with the adjacent parts of NEW ENGLAND and CANADA...
In addition to being published on its own, this map appeared in a number of different publications. The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography describes Thomas Jefferys as "cartographer, and publisher; produced some of the most important eighteenth-century maps of the Americas; appointed Geographer to George III in December 1760"., Two different grids for longitude are indicates, the south grid is for the Ferro Meridian and the north grid is Greenwich. Two scale bars: "English Marine Leagues 20 to a Degree" and "English Miles 69 ½ to a Degree".
A NEW UNIVERSAL ATLAS OF THE WORLD
A NEW UNIVERSAL ATLAS OF THE WORLD
All maps engraved by N. & S.S. Jocelyn with a few exceptions including the Canada map (Annin & Smith) and the United States map (A. Daggett)., Table of Contents: 1) The World; 2) North America; 3) The two Canadas and adjoining British Provinces; 4) United States; 5) West Indies; 6) South America; 7) Europe; 8) Great Britain; 9) Denmark, Sweden and Norway; 10) Kingdom of the Netherlands; 11) Germany; 12) Switzerland; 13) France; 14) Spain and Portugal; 15) Italy; 16) Turkey in Europe; 17) Asia; 18) Hindoostan; 19) Africa; 20) Islands in the Pacific Ocean.
A NEWFOUNDLAND, od. TERRA NOVA S. LAURENTII BAY, die Fisch-Bank, ACADIA, nebst einem Theil NEW SCHOTLAND
A NEWFOUNDLAND, od. TERRA NOVA S. LAURENTII BAY, die Fisch-Bank, ACADIA, nebst einem Theil NEW SCHOTLAND
While the title is in German, all of the text on the map is in English. This map is based after Herman Moll's map of the area from 1736., Walter notes a publication date circa 1757. Other sources differ greatly in the publication date and the atlas in which it appears. Homann Heirs was well known for re-using plates and maps across publications. Because our copy has been skillfully cut from the sheet on which it was published, it is impossible to tie it to a specific publication. Uses the Azores as the prime meridian.
A New Chart of the Coast of NEW ENGLAND, NOVA SCOTIA, NEW FRANCE or CANADA, with the Islands of NEWFOUNDL'D, CAPE BRETON, ST. JOHN's &c.
A New Chart of the Coast of NEW ENGLAND, NOVA SCOTIA, NEW FRANCE or CANADA, with the Islands of NEWFOUNDL'D, CAPE BRETON, ST. JOHN's &c.
Show locations of fishing banks off Newfoundland and Nova Scotia., Includes 4 inset maps: the Atlantic Ocean; Plan of the City and Port of Louisbourg; Fort Dauphin; City of Quebec. See the accompanying article.
A New MAP of ENGLAND and WALES
A New MAP of ENGLAND and WALES
Large detailed map of England and Wales detailing every hamlet, village, town, and city including rivers, roadways, coast lines, and channels. Scotland's coastline is to the nore, Greeland's coastline is to the west and a small portion of Frances coastline is at the bottom right. The cartouche is incredibly elaborate with waterfalls, scrools, clusters of grapes, bees and a hive, a sleeping dog, a full cornicopia, and an urn., Map of England. Prime Meridian is London. Legend in the top Left of the map. One scale bar in English Miles. Map reads with North facing to the top of the Map.
A New Map of MAINE
A New Map of MAINE
Includes a list of Counties and Towns of Maine with their populations along with a table of the state population from 1765-1850., Washington, DC is used as the prime meridian. Bottom left, outside the neat lines: "Entered according to act of Congress, in the year 1850, by Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co. in the Clerk's office of the District court of the Eastern Dictrict of Pennsylvania".
A New and ACCURATE MAP of TURKEY IN EUROPE Drawn from the BEST AUTHORITIES and Engrav'd for the Supplement to the Gent. Mag 1770
A New and ACCURATE MAP of TURKEY IN EUROPE Drawn from the BEST AUTHORITIES and Engrav'd for the Supplement to the Gent. Mag 1770
Map of Ottoman Empire in 1770 showing the area from the Ionian Sea to the Black Sea and includes Bosnia, Serbia, Macedonia, Greece, Transylvania, and part of Hungary., Map of Turkey, Europe. Prime meridian is based in Ferro. There are two scale bars on the map, one in British Miles, the other in German Miles. Map reads with North facing to the top of the map.
A New and Accurate Map of the Isles of GUADALOUPE, MARIE-GALANTE &c. from the Best Authorities
A New and Accurate Map of the Isles of GUADALOUPE, MARIE-GALANTE &c. from the Best Authorities
Map of Guadeloupe Island showing adjacent islands of Marie-Galante, Da Destrade, and The saints. Channels are marked as are three rump or loxodrome lines., Map of Guadeloupe Island, located in the Caribbean. Prime Meridian is based in London. Map reads with North facing to the top of the map. Rumb lines throughout the map.
A New and Accurate PLAN of the CITIES of LONDON AND… (part of map missing according to Jolly)
A New and Accurate PLAN of the CITIES of LONDON AND… (part of map missing according to Jolly)
Map detailed landmarks, streets, bridges, and surrounding area. Extends from Hydle Park to Limeshouse, and from Islington to Lambeth. Palaces, hospitals, squares and courts are marked., Map of downtown London, UK. Although this is map has it's own Repository number, there is an apparently part B of the map. The Prime Meridian is unknown, due to lack of graticule and information. There is no scale bar on the map, so the map was referenced by measuring from the East side of the Westminster Bridge to the Summer House. The map reads with North facing to the top of the map. The map was georeferenced with Data acquired from USGS's Earth Explorer.
A New and Correct PLAN of the TOWN of BOSTON
A New and Correct PLAN of the TOWN of BOSTON
Typical example of late 18th century British journalistic cartography. Using pictorial symbols it shows Charlestown in ruins, following the British burning of the town during the battle. The main focus of the map is Boston occupied by the British emphasizing fortifications. Plan pictorial relief details streets, trees, hillocks, various wharfs, the Charles River including etching of several buildings at the "Charle's Town in Ruins" at topmost part of plan. The 'Boston Neck' in the southwestern corner no longer exists in the present due to the extensive changes to the coastline of the area that have taken place since the map's creation., English large scale town plan of Boston showing fortifications made during the American Revolutionary War.
A PHYSICAL PLANISPHERE wherein are represented all the known LANDS and SEAS w'th the Great Chains of Mountains w'ch traverse the GLOBE from the NORTH POLE
A PHYSICAL PLANISPHERE wherein are represented all the known LANDS and SEAS w'th the Great Chains of Mountains w'ch traverse the GLOBE from the NORTH POLE
Elaborate map of the world represented on an unusual polar projection rendered from the North Pole. The map covers from the North Pole Arctic region south beyond Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) to include parts of New Zealand and even Cap de la Circoncision (Bouvet Island). Map's delineation of physical geography supports the theory that Earth's great river basins are defined by major mountain ranges many of which extend beneath the oceans. The map covers from the North Pole Arctic region south beyond Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) to include parts of New Zealand and even Cap de la Circoncision (Bouvet Island). Map includes elements of pre-Cook notions of world geography. See uncertain mapping of eastern Australia connecting to New Guinea and smaller Melanesian islands. Map includes inland sea called Sea of the West or Mer de L'Ouest., Map is a Map of the North Pole, and the entire globe. Corner Coordinates were not recorded, as to where the projection is that of a full circle. Prime meridian was difficult to determine, I would say the closest is Ferro meridian, but it's not exactly on.

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