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 PLAN of ye GREAT FIRE in BISHOPSGATE STREET LEADENHALL STREET and CORNHILL, &c. on Thursday Nov'r. 7th. 1765
A PLAN of ye GREAT FIRE in BISHOPSGATE STREET LEADENHALL STREET and CORNHILL, &c. on Thursday Nov'r. 7th. 1765
"Plan shows extend of the ""Great Fire"" which occurred on Thursday morning November 7th, 1765 with detailed text written within the pages of this volume. The plan records names and places of interest South Sea House, Threadneedle Street; St. Martins Outwich (Damaged & S Steeple Burnt); Lydell and Metcalf, Attorneys; Archer, Goldsmith; Spence, Hair Mert; Revd Mr. Fayting; Moltershead Beer Warehouse; Cooper, Packer; Hold and Edwards, Milliners; Finch, Merchant; Guy, Gunsmith; Merchant Taylors Garden; Merchant Taylors Hall; Reeves's Academy; Huddleston, Milliners; le Gross and le Grass, Merchants; Pareiro, Merchant; Hoskins; Dr. Sylvester; Nail & Son, Taylors; Burden and Vaston, Tobacconists; White Lyon Court; White Lyon Tavern; Pinder, Linen Draper; Whiteside and Co., Attorneys; Spalding and Brander; Lamb, Stationer; Pinefinch, Optician; Vaux, Haberdasher; Shapley, Cabinet Maker; Crips; Sun Court; Bishopsgate Street; Kingsley, Attorney; Crips, Peruke Maker; Draper and Coxeter, Milliners; Vestit, Merchant; Higginbotham, Chinaman; Long, Broker; Deputy Long, Packer; Carn, Silkman; Clements, Tallow Chandler; Merry, Stationer; Jarvis, Black Lion; How, Barber; Butler, P. Clerk; Marjoram, Tinman; Rutland, Barber; Nags Head Tavern; Hardy, Hardwareman; Hanson, Glover; Willot, Linnen Draper; Farnborough, Plow Eating House; Merryman, Trunk Maker; Treadway, Glover; Mace, Slopseller; Bull Inn (Much Destroyed); Grant, Brush Maker; Leadenhall Street; Cornhill; Cogan & Palmer; Toper; Angel, Cook; St. Peters Church; Gracechurch Street; Warham & Cartwright, Cook; Court, Milliner; and Leaden Hall.", Map of the "Great Fire" in 1765. Located in downtown London, at the intersection of Bishopsgate and Cornhill. Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule. There is one scale bar on the map, in scale of yards, but scale was determined by measuring the distance between the corner of Cornhill and Bishopsgate and the corner of Threadneedle street and Bishopsgate.
A Particular MAP, to Illustrate Gen. Amherst's Expedition to MONTREAL; with a Plan of the Town & Draught of the Island
A Particular MAP, to Illustrate Gen. Amherst's Expedition to MONTREAL; with a Plan of the Town & Draught of the Island
Map depicts General Amherst's expedition along St. Lawrence River from Quebec to the Thousand Islands and onto the Niagara River, also a plan of the city of Montreal. Included on the map are the names of First Nations such as Iroquois, Senekaa, Cayugaes, etc. An inset map details the plan of the city itself including major streets and fortifications., Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of Graticule and information. There is a scale bar on each map. Inset map for Montreal has its own legend with place's within the City of Montreal.
A Perspective View of the City of BATH
A Perspective View of the City of BATH
Map views cannot be fully georeferenced because the scale and perspective varies across the view.
A Plan of BREDA, with the Adjacent Countries
A Plan of BREDA, with the Adjacent Countries
Prime meridian is unknown due to lack of information on the map. There are three scale bars represented on the map, English Miles, Dutch Miles and German Miles.
A Plan of CONSTANTINOPLE Places adjacent and Canal of the BLACK SEA
A Plan of CONSTANTINOPLE Places adjacent and Canal of the BLACK SEA
Map of Constantinople with key identifying 75 locations focusing on the topography of the city and surrounding area. Individual tress, plowed fields, and buildings are etched. Elaborate cartouche features military swords, other weapons, flags, and a jeweled turban., Map of Istanbul. Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule. There is one scale bar on the map, represented in Italian Miles. Map reads with North facing to the Left. There is an arrow in the canal that shows that the water flows from North to South.
A Plan of Fort St. Philip and its Environs, with the French Emcampments, Batteries, &c.
A Plan of Fort St. Philip and its Environs, with the French Emcampments, Batteries, &c.
Detailed and decorative map of fortifications, walls, blockades, and water sources. Duke de Richelieu landed on the island and besieged the British garrison commonly known as the Fall of Minorca. Scale is 4 Furlongs or 1/2 mile. Of particular interest on this map are etchings of nine was ships off the coast. The references key complete with explanations of the fort are within the pages of the Gentleman's Quarterly specifically: Countergards, Ravelins, Lunettes, areas of attack, and places where supplies were received. The French Encampment is clearly marked., Map located just east of Spain. Map reads with North facing to the top left corner of the map. Prime Meridian is Unknown, due to lack of information on the map.
A Plan of the CITY & FORTIFICATIONS OF LOUISBOURG, from a Survey made by Richard Gridley, Lieut. Col. of the Train of Artillery in 1745
A Plan of the CITY & FORTIFICATIONS OF LOUISBOURG, from a Survey made by Richard Gridley, Lieut. Col. of the Train of Artillery in 1745
For those familiar with the history of Louisbourg, there is some irony in the date of publication of these maps. Appearing in the May 1758 issue of Universal Magazine they highlight the 1745 seige. On May 29, 1758 the British Navy left Halifax for what would be the final battle over Louisbourg. By the time this issue reached subscribers, the battle was probably well underway., Inset: A Map of GABARUS BAY, adjoining to Louisbourg, Although Jefferys name does not appear on these maps, they are almost identical to others known to have been engraved by him both before and after this was published. The cartouches are also typical of his style.
A Plan of the City & Harbour of LOUISBOURG; shewing that part of GABARUS BAY in which the English landed, also their Encampment during the Siege in 1745
A Plan of the City & Harbour of LOUISBOURG; shewing that part of GABARUS BAY in which the English landed, also their Encampment during the Siege in 1745
There is an inset map of Cape Breton Island in the top right hand corner of the map., There is one scale bar on the bottom of the main map, in English miles. The Prime meridian is unknown for the main map, due to lack of graticule and information on the map, but the key map indicated that the Prime meridian with that map is based in London. Both maps indicate North facing to the top of the map.
A Plan of the TOWN and HARBOUR of LOUISBOURG [on plate with] A PLAN of the CITY and HARBOUR of HAVANA [on plate with] A PLAN of the Town and Harbour of CARTAGENA [on plate with] A plan of the Harbour, Town and Forts of PORTOBELLO
A Plan of the TOWN and HARBOUR of LOUISBOURG [on plate with] A PLAN of the CITY and HARBOUR of HAVANA [on plate with] A PLAN of the Town and Harbour of CARTAGENA [on plate with] A plan of the Harbour, Town and Forts of PORTOBELLO
This map contains four different maps of important ports., Each map is a different scale with 3 different types of measurement within the scale bars; north is oriented differently on each map. For Louisbourg, the map is read with north/west at top of map; the Havana map is oriented south/east (more south than east) at the top with the map in reading position; the Cartagena map is read with east at the top; and the Portobello map reads with south/east at top of map.
A Plan of the Town & Fortress of GARIAH belonging to ANGRIA the Admiral to the Sahou Rajah on the Coast of MALLABAR
A Plan of the Town & Fortress of GARIAH belonging to ANGRIA the Admiral to the Sahou Rajah on the Coast of MALLABAR
Detailed explanation with keyed references on map. Starting on page 619 of this volume is a detailed and elaborate account of Angria the Pirate taking Feriah by Commodore Watson. Many references to Mongol's troops and forces., Prime Meridian is unknown on the map, due to the lack of graticule and information. The map reads with North facing to the left of the map. The Geographical location of the map is found on the west coast of India.
A SOUTH VIEW OF THE CITY OF GENOA
A SOUTH VIEW OF THE CITY OF GENOA
There is an extensive legend (called references) of locations in the city., As a map view, or bird's eye view, the scale changes across the map. For these views, we use a single point of reference. In this case we used the Lighthouse (#14 in the legend) as it is still standing.
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.

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