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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An Accurate MAP of the WEST INDIES, with the Adjacent Coast
An Accurate MAP of the WEST INDIES, with the Adjacent Coast
Map detailing known islands in the West Indies including Avis, Guadalupe, Porto Rico, St. Domingo, Jamaica, Cuba, Bear Islands, Barbardoes, and many more. Of note is a dotted line "The Tract of the Galleons from Spain" and "The tract of 9 Galleons from Carthagene to the Havana" and "The Tract of the Flota from Vera Cruz to the Havana" amd "The Return of the Galleons to Old Spain". Many gulfs and Bay's are depicted. Small arrows pointing southwest might indicate prevailing winds., Map of small sections of Southern North America and Northern South America coastlines, The West Indies. Prime Meridian is London. One scale bar on the map in Leagues. Map reads with North facing to the top of the map. There are little arrows throughout the map, most likely an indication of travel during exploration.
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.
An Accurate Map of the ROAD from LONDON to the LANDS END in CORNWALL, Passing thro SALISBURY, EXETER, PLYMOUTH, &c. [on plate with] The ROAD from EXETER to TRURO
An Accurate Map of the ROAD from LONDON to the LANDS END in CORNWALL, Passing thro SALISBURY, EXETER, PLYMOUTH, &c. [on plate with] The ROAD from EXETER to TRURO
Strip maps of road detailing city blocks, buildings, and crossroads from London to Truro Fifteen strips included on one sheet:Devon shire, Corvall, Cornwall, Dorset Shire, Hampshire, Surrey, Salisbury, Exeter, Plymouth, and Truro., Road maps of various roads in United Kingdom. Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule, There is no scale referenced on any of the maps. There are two maps on this one map sheet. North is orientated to the bottom right corner of the maps.
An Accurate Map of the SEAT OF WAR in the MEDITERRANEAN including the MOREA and Archipelago.
An Accurate Map of the SEAT OF WAR in the MEDITERRANEAN including the MOREA and Archipelago.
Map centered on Greece extending to parts of Albanis, Macedonia, Romania, and Anatolia. Some islands including Crete. Long article related to map on adjoining pages. In 1770 the Greeks, with the assistance of the Russians, had rebelled against the Turks. The rebellion was put down., Map is of the Mediterranean. There are two Prime Meridians, The top graticule being based in Ferro, and the bottom graticule being based in London. There are three scale bars on the map, One in British/French Marine Leagues, British Miles and French leagues. Map reads with North facing to the top of the map.
An Exact MAP of the CRIM, (Formerly TAURICA CHERSONESUS) Part of Lesser Tartary, the Sea of ASOPH, and the adjacent Country of the Kuban Tartars;
An Exact MAP of the CRIM, (Formerly TAURICA CHERSONESUS) Part of Lesser Tartary, the Sea of ASOPH, and the adjacent Country of the Kuban Tartars;
Map of the Crimean peninsula and areas surrounding the Black Sea coast and the Sea of Azov. Accompanying text: "Explanations of the map, as published by the Academy at Petersburgh from the chart sent by the Generals Lacy and Munich, in 1736 and 1737" which essentially describes the different Russian and Turkish encampments., Two scale bars on the map, one represents English Miles with the other in Russian Wersts. Prime meridian determined to be Azores meridian.
BAYE STE. ANNE ou LE PORT DAUPHIN dans l'Isle Royale
BAYE STE. ANNE ou LE PORT DAUPHIN dans l'Isle Royale
Includes a legend of notable locations and buildings. Prominent on the map is a label for Isle de Verderonne or Isle d'Orleans which became Boularderie Island., Outside the neat lines upper right: Tome I, No. 25. Bottom center, outside the neat lines is a reference to also see "Carte de l'Isle Royale No. 22". Scale in common leagues (1 common league = 4,452 meters).
BIRD'S EYE VIEW of ANNAPOLIS ROYAL & GRANVILLE, NOVA SCOTIA, 1878
BIRD'S EYE VIEW of ANNAPOLIS ROYAL & GRANVILLE, NOVA SCOTIA, 1878
While T. M. Fowler is well known for his panoramic or maps views of Pennsylvania and north eastern United States cities and towns, producing over 400 of them, he only did a handful of Canadian views, 3 of which were Nova Scotian.
BRITISH AMERICA, Comprehending CANADA, LABRADOR, NEW-Foundland, NOVA SCOTIA &c:
BRITISH AMERICA, Comprehending CANADA, LABRADOR, NEW-Foundland, NOVA SCOTIA &c:
The map includes named aboriginal areas., London is the prime meridian.
BRITISH POSSESSIONS IN NORTH AMERICA, WITH PART OF THE UNITED STATES, COMPILED FROM OFFICIAL SOURCES
BRITISH POSSESSIONS IN NORTH AMERICA, WITH PART OF THE UNITED STATES, COMPILED FROM OFFICIAL SOURCES
Shows boundary lines as claimed by both the British and Americans. Where there were differences another boundary line is shown referring to: "Decision of the King of Holland as arbitrator"., Three inset maps: Plan of the city and harbour of Montreal; Plan of the city and Harbour of Quebec; Newfoundland. Scale is not indicated on the insets. Scale for the main map is in English Miles.
Blanmont au Pays de vauge en Loreyne
Blanmont au Pays de vauge en Loreyne
This map view of Blanmont appears in part 2 of Braun & Hogenburg's "Civitates Orbis Terrarum" (Atlas of Cities of the World). The Civates was the second oldest printed atlas., Given the age and nature of the map and the changes in Blâmont since it was done, the only geospatial information we have included is the coordinate point location of Blâmont; scale and complete bounding coordinates were impossible to determine.
British Possessions in North America
British Possessions in North America
As is typical of Arrowsmith maps, there are numerous observations noted on the map., Bottom center outside the neat line: "Drawn under the direction of Mr. Arrowsmith, and Published as the act directs June 1, 1809, by Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, Paternoster Row" and bottom right: "Drawn and Engraved by J. Russell".
British Possessions in North America from the best authorities by Samuel Lewis
British Possessions in North America from the best authorities by Samuel Lewis
Includes large inset map of Hudson's and Baffin's Bays., While this map was published in 2 different atlases, comparing our copy with both copies available on the David Rumsey web site, it is evident our copy of from Carey's copy of Guthrie rather than Carey's General Atlas. This map uses two prime meridians; one is in Philadelphia, and the other is in London.
CANADA, NEW BRUNSWICK AND NOVA SCOTIA
CANADA, NEW BRUNSWICK AND NOVA SCOTIA
Hall was one of the most active engravers during the mid-1800's and produced many attractive atlases., Scale bar: English Miles 69 to a degree. There is a colored distinction between United States / Upper Canada / Lower Canada / New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Cape Breton Island, Magdalen Islands / Newfoundland, Labrador. It also shows counties in NS, NB, Upper Canada, and Lower Canada.

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