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 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 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.
A PLAN OF BRIDGE TOWN, in the ISLAND of BARBADOES
A PLAN OF BRIDGE TOWN, in the ISLAND of BARBADOES
Detailed plan of Bridgetown, Barbados. Depiction of Church yard, The Swamp, Willoughby Fort, Kames Fort, and Magazine. The unshaded area was destroyed by fire in May 1766. Coastline shows Cox's Bay and Fisherman's Dock., Map of Bridgetown, located on the island of Barbados. Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule. Map reads with North facing to the top of the map. There is one scale bar located on the bottom right hand side of the map, represented in Yards.
A PLAN OF LONDON AND WESTMINSTER SHEWING THE FORTS ERECTED BY ORDER OF THE PARLIAMENT IN 1643 & THE DESOLATION BY THE FIRE IN 1666
A PLAN OF LONDON AND WESTMINSTER SHEWING THE FORTS ERECTED BY ORDER OF THE PARLIAMENT IN 1643 & THE DESOLATION BY THE FIRE IN 1666
Retrospective map showing a plan of London and Westminster showing the 1643 defenses and the area destroyed by the Great Fire. Noted are the 23 forts shown and 18 miles of ramparts build to protect the city from attacks by Charles 1 and 15,000 Royalist troops. Accompanying text in the volume listed forts keyed numerically on map 1 - 23. Also in the text on page facing the map is a reference list to the alpha key referencing gates, tower hills, the Tower, and other important landmarks., Map of downtown London, United Kingdom. Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of graticule. Map reads with North facing to the top of the map. Scale was determined by measuring from the bottom of the river bend on the far right side, to the bottom of the river bend on the left side of the map. There is a grid of some sort, but its labeled with letters oppose to numbers.
A PLAN OF MAESTRICHT, with the Adjacent Villages where the Battle was fought June 21
A PLAN OF MAESTRICHT, with the Adjacent Villages where the Battle was fought June 21
Details map of the fortifications at Maastricht, Netherlands built by the Spanish and Dutch. The French conquered the city during the War of Austrian Succession. Later in 1815, this region became part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands. Map topography indicated villages by etching churches in those locations., Map of the city of Maastricht, found in the Netherlands. Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule on the map. There are 3 scale bars, one in English Miles, German Miles and Dutch Mile. Map reads with North reading to the top of the map
A PLAN OF THE CITY OF EDINBURGH
A PLAN OF THE CITY OF EDINBURGH
There is a legend on the bottom indicating important places on the map., Scale was determined by measuring the distance from the Castle to Holy Rood House (Gardens). Map reads with North facing to the top left corner of the map.
A PLAN OF THE HARBOUR OF CHEBUCTO AND TOWN OF HALIFAX
A PLAN OF THE HARBOUR OF CHEBUCTO AND TOWN OF HALIFAX
Includes engravings of the Ensign of Nova Scotia along with other Coats of Arms, two butterflies, the musk beetle and a rather large, fierce looking porcupine. With the map in reading position, west is at the top., Research has indicated that either Thomas Jefferys or Moses Harris engraved this plan of Halifax. The presence of entomological drawings and of the initials MH amongst the vegetation to the left of the Bedford basin strongly suggests Harris as the engraver; the Dictionary of National Biography notes "he was a clever practical entomologist as well as an accurate artist, who drew, engraved, and coloured all his own works". While both did engravings for Gentleman's Magazine, it is documented that Harris was in Halifax at this time period.
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 PLAN of the SIEGE of the HAVANA, Drawn by an OFFICER on the Spot 1762
A PLAN of the SIEGE of the HAVANA, Drawn by an OFFICER on the Spot 1762
Plan indicates besieged camps, General Elliots Camp, Col. Hows Camp, The Governor's Fort in Havana. Plan is distinguished by positional etchings of 20 warships in the Bay of Havana and at least 108 warships moored along the coast. Numbers indicate depth soundings., Map of Havana Harbour, Cuba. Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule. The map reads with North facing to the bottom right corner. There is no scale bar on the map, scale was determined by measuring from the tip of Morro to the northern tip of Havana.

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