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 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 Canals, now making from the several Coal Mines in the neighbourhood of STOURBRIDGE and DUDLEY, to the Great Canal from the Trent to the Severn near Stourton, in the County of STAFFORD, Survey'd in 1775, by Robert Whitworth
A PLAN of the Canals, now making from the several Coal Mines in the neighbourhood of STOURBRIDGE and DUDLEY, to the Great Canal from the Trent to the Severn near Stourton, in the County of STAFFORD, Survey'd in 1775, by Robert Whitworth
A canal plan between Stouton and Dudley in the West Midlands, England by Robert Whitworth that appears to have been completed. A chart in the bottom left describes the details of the locks. More land features are shown than many other maps of this type with local roads, banks, brooks, coppices, churches, Seats, and towns drawn or annotated. This survey is quite accurate for its time. The obverse and reverse of a coin or medallion of the Emperor Maximin that belongs to the passage following the description of the canal is located on the bottom left. Roger Sc at lower right., The scale was calculated from the map's scale bar, and the coordinates were derived via georeferencing.
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 GRAND CANAL from the City of DUBLIN to the River SHANNON, with the Collateral CANALS, to the Rivers Barrow and Boyne
A PLAN of the GRAND CANAL from the City of DUBLIN to the River SHANNON, with the Collateral CANALS, to the Rivers Barrow and Boyne
Map of the Grand Canal ranging from the Irish Sea to the River Shannon. Pictorial map of bridges, towns, villages, out buildings, and rivers, and canal. References to distance in chart below map plan are in Irish meters, furlongs and plantation acres., The scalebar is in Irish miles, and the coordinates were derived via georeferencing.
A PLAN of the GRAND CANAL now making between LEEDS and LIVERPOOL
A PLAN of the GRAND CANAL now making between LEEDS and LIVERPOOL
Elaborate cartouche in upper left corner of map. Hills, and embankments are etched along the meandering canal including placement of homesteads., A plan of the Grand Canal from the mouth of the River Mersey to Leeds in northern England. It is sparsely ornamented with a sylvan border for the cartouche and light hatching to show some topography. Distance from Leeds to Bason and Bason to Liverpool via the canal are tabled and the scale bar is in English miles. The coordinates were derived via georeferencing, and the scale was calculated from the scale bar.
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 Intended Navigable Canal form LEEDS to SELBY, proposded to cumminicate in the TOWNSHIP of HOLBECK, with the CANAL now making betweed LEEDS & LIVERPOOL, with a View of the Rivers AIRE and CALDER
A PLAN of the Intended Navigable Canal form LEEDS to SELBY, proposded to cumminicate in the TOWNSHIP of HOLBECK, with the CANAL now making betweed LEEDS & LIVERPOOL, with a View of the Rivers AIRE and CALDER
A large scale plan of a proposed navigable canal from Leeds to Selby, England. The proposed canal is symbolized by a single thick and solid line, while the existing water system is shown as double-lined. The numbers along the River Aire appear to correspond to features along the river, but as yet remain unknown. Seats appear to be symbolized by small vingettes. The large illustrations accompany a different article on page 353 concerning artifacts found near Reculver, Kent., The scale was calculated from the map's scale bar, and the coordinates were derived via georeferencing.
A PLAN of the Intended Navigable Canal from BASINGSTOKE in the County of Southampton, to the River Wey in the County of Surry; Survey'd in 1777
A PLAN of the Intended Navigable Canal from BASINGSTOKE in the County of Southampton, to the River Wey in the County of Surry; Survey'd in 1777
A map showing locations of proposed canals between Basingstoke and Weybridge. Compass rose (simple, fleur de lys marks north). Relief depicts canals, rivers, bridges, settlements, title cartouche, scroll cartouche, table of distances., A map showing locations of proposed canals between Basingstoke and Weybridge. The map is oriented with NNW at the top. Coordinates were derived via georeferencing; scale calculated from map scalebar.

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