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 VIEW of Antient CARLISLE, as represented in a Plate above 100 Years old
A VIEW of Antient CARLISLE, as represented in a Plate above 100 Years old
The prime meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule. There is no scale bar represented on the map; scale was determined by measuring the distance from the "Castle" represented as A in the legend, to "St Cuthberts" Church, represented as C in the legend. Map reads with North facing to the top of the map.
A VIEW of the Town and CASTLE of ST. AUGUSTINE, and the ENGLISH CAMP before it June 20.1740
A 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.
A complete CHART of the COAST of FRANCE, from Ostend, to Cape Finisterra, including the opposite Coast, of the BRITISH CHANNEL
A complete CHART of the COAST of FRANCE, from Ostend, to Cape Finisterra, including the opposite Coast, of the BRITISH CHANNEL
Map depicts the most north western part of France detailing the Bay of Biscay and The Channel coastlines. Part of Flanders, Holland, and England are located in the topmost part of the map. A partial coastline of Iceland appears in the top left corner., Map of Bay of Biscay, off the coast of France. Prime Meridian is London. Map reads with North facing to the top of the map. Scale was determined by measuring between a degree of latitude.
AIX LA CHAPELLE
AIX LA CHAPELLE
Detailed plan of the Aix includes vegetation in garden plots, foliage between hedgerows, moats, and fortress walls, churches, gates, and hospital. Key to numbers on map is located within the text of the volume. Of note: a white marble church built by Charlemagne is indicated. The Treaty of Aix La Chalelle ended the War of the Austrian Succession in 1748 where Great Britain and France dictated the terms. The city is now called "Aachen" located in Luxembourg., Map of AIX LA CHAPELLE, or in English Aachen, the most western town in Germany. The prime meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule.
ALGIERS, and Parts Adjacent
ALGIERS, and Parts Adjacent
Map detailing fortifications of Algiers and surrounding area. Cartouche contains alpha key to map locations including: The Cassaubah, The New Gate, Babzoune, The Fishers Gate, The Mole Gate, The Gate of the River, and Country Seats. Two birds are illustrated: Boo-ank and Hou-baara., Map located on the North coast of Africa. Illustration of the Boo-ank & the Hou-baara birds. Map reads with North facing to the right of the map. Prime Meridian is unknown
ARFICA Drawn from the best MAPS, BY T. Jefferys, Geographer to His Royal Highness the PRINCE of WALES
ARFICA Drawn from the best MAPS, BY T. Jefferys, Geographer to His Royal Highness the PRINCE of WALES
Nap detailing landforms and coastline of Africa and Arabia. Of note: a dotted line indicates "Com. Ansor's track to England"., Map of Africa. Prime Meridian is London. Scale was determined by measuring between 10 degrees of Latitude.
ATLAS of the MARITIME PROVINCES of the DOMINION OF CANADA, With Historical and Geological Descriptions
ATLAS of the MARITIME PROVINCES of the DOMINION OF CANADA, With Historical and Geological Descriptions
One of the few atlases we've seen from the 19th century where attribution to the sources used is given (see subtitle).
Acadia, le Provincie di Sagadahook e Main, la Nuova Hampshire, la Rhode Island, e Parte di Massachusset e Connecticut
Acadia, le Provincie di Sagadahook e Main, la Nuova Hampshire, la Rhode Island, e Parte di Massachusset e Connecticut
Uses Ferro prime meridian (approximately 18° west of Greenwich); longitude is labelled eastward from prime meridian. The scale is not indicated on plate; it is calculated based upon measurement of increment of latitude, and rounded from 1:2056940.
An Accurate MAP of the COUNTRY Sixteen Miles round LONDON Drawn and Engrav'd from an ACTUAL SURVEY [on 4 sheets]
An Accurate MAP of the COUNTRY Sixteen Miles round LONDON Drawn and Engrav'd from an ACTUAL SURVEY [on 4 sheets]
Includes an explanation of roads and the extent of the Pony Express., There is no scale bar on the map, but there is a cylindrical grid with each section of the grid indicating a mile from the epicenter of the map when all 4 sheets are joined together.
An Accurate MAP of the WEST INDIES
An Accurate MAP of the WEST INDIES
There are directions and best course of travel, documented in the top right corner of the map., Prime Meridian is London (roughly 2.3 degrees from Greenwich). Graticule is in 5 degree increments.
An Accurate Map of ESSEX Drawn from late SURVEYS with Improvements
An Accurate Map of ESSEX Drawn from late SURVEYS with Improvements
Includes an engraving of the Arms of Colchester in the upper right corner., London Prime meridian.
An Accurate Map of the BRITISH EMPIRE in N'TH AMERICA as settled by the Preliminaries in 1762
An Accurate Map of the BRITISH EMPIRE in N'TH AMERICA as settled by the Preliminaries in 1762
Relief shown pictorially on map depicting settlements in North America by 1762. Shaded countries are those formerly claimed or possessed by France and Space and now ceded to Great Britain at the end of the French and Indian War. Capes, bays, and islands are etched including the Great Fishing Bank. Inset map depicts the mouth of the Mississippi., The map has two Prime Meridians; the top is based in London, the bottom is based in Ferro. The map reads with North facing to the top of the map.

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