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 all His Majesty's Dominions IN GERMANY, with the Adjacent Countries
An Accurate MAP of all His Majesty's Dominions IN GERMANY, with the Adjacent Countries
Main map presents specific regions of Germany during the Seven Years' War which involved every European great power of the time except the Ottoman Empire. Inset map on bottom left details the Dutchy's of Bremen and Ferden including army marches. A small inset map at the top right corner depicts the Dutchy of Saxon Lauwenburg. The dotted lines indicate where the army marched., Map of Germany, with two small inset maps. Prime Meridian is London. There is a small scale bar in the bottom right corner, in English Miles. Map reads with North facing to the top of the map.
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 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.

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