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 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 New and accurate MAP of CORMANDEL, MALABAR, BENGAL &c. exhibiting the Principal European Settlements in the EAST INDIES
A New and accurate MAP of CORMANDEL, MALABAR, BENGAL &c. exhibiting the Principal European Settlements in the EAST INDIES
A map of the southern Indian subcontinent and part of Sri Lanka for Hinton's Universal Magazine. Colour washed according to nationality. The subcontinent was little explored at the time, and it is difficult to trace the origin of many of the place names present, but some may derive from the text 'Travels of Pietro Della Valle in India' from 1664. 2 compass roses adorn the map to aid in practical marine navigation., The map claims to use London for its prime meridian, but features are generally ~6° to the west of the map's published coordinates, closer to Lizard Point than the London meridian but is understandable due to the technological limits of the day. Coordinates are thus given from both the map's graticule and from georefencing; no scale bar is present therefore it was obtained via georeferencing as well.
A New and accurate MAP of SAXONY, PART OF BRANDENBURG, SILESIA, POLAND and BOHEMIA, Exhibiting the present Seat of War between the Prussians and Austrians
A New and accurate MAP of SAXONY, PART OF BRANDENBURG, SILESIA, POLAND and BOHEMIA, Exhibiting the present Seat of War between the Prussians and Austrians
A lightly coulour washed map of the historical territories of Saxony, Brandenburg, Silesia, Poland, and Bohemia around the opening of the Seven Years War, showing areas gained and lost during the previous War of the Austrian Succession, and the political maneuvering of Emperess Maria Theresa and other European leaders. Washed colouration is used to differentiate certain nation states, while for others only broken lines are used for delineation. Small vignettes are used for major cities, scattered trees are used to represent scattered woodland, and some hachuring is used to show relief. This map shows a small, historical snapshot of an important area at the beginning of a war that would change the world., The scale bar is in English miles, and London is used to the prime meridian; the scale and coordinates were calculated from the map's scale bar and graticule.
A New and accurate MAP of the PARTS of ENGLAND, SCOTLAND & IRELAND, bordering on ST. GEORGE'S CHANNEL, &c.
A New and accurate MAP of the PARTS of ENGLAND, SCOTLAND & IRELAND, bordering on ST. GEORGE'S CHANNEL, &c.
Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England and the Isle of Man are all shown in washed colours. Colour key on page 49 on volume. Town compass roses adorn the map to show the navigation in St. George's Channel and the Irish Sea. A seashell and floral cartouche frames the map's title, with a bearded man in the bottom-centre. The coastlines are buffered by dark hatcing to help the figure-ground distinction., Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England, and the Isle of Man are all differentiated by colour. Two compass roses adorn the map to show navigation in St. George's Channel and the Irish Sea. A seashell and floral cartouche frames the map's title, with a bearded man in the bottom-centre. The coastlines are buffered by dark hatching to help the figure-ground distinction. No scale bar is present on the map, and the graticule uses London for its prime meridian.
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 SOLWAY MOSS, in CUMBERLAND
A PLAN OF SOLWAY MOSS, in CUMBERLAND
A map of the Solway Moss, a raised bog near Longtown, Cumbria, England made to accompany the author's description of its 'eruption' that occurred in 1771. Notice the ornate cartouch on this map of Solway Moss, a lowland peat bog, in Cumbria, near the Scottish border. In November 1542 it was the site of the Battle of Solway Moss, between Scotland and England. Solway Moss is now part of Carlisle district., Compare with WKM-J-185, along with the more detailed colour drawings done by John Ainslie in 1772.
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 FORT LOUIS
A PLAN of FORT LOUIS
A plan of the fortifications and city of Fort Louis, France, located on what used to be a very strategically important island on the Rhine. A key A-N, 4-17 explained on page 351. The exact location of the Fort for georeferencing within a GIS is unknown due to changes in the river from canalisation projects; therefore the coordinates and scale are only estimates. Fields are shown with stippling, trees are shown pictorially, and shorelines concentrically along with some stippling. The caption at the bottom describes the location of the fortress in relation to populated areas in the region, although it is approximately 31 km upriver of Strasbourg., No scale bar or graticule are present on the map; coordinates and scale were obtained via georeferencing.

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