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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ISLE ET BANC DE TERRE-NEUVE, ISLE ROYALE ET ISLE ST. JEAN; AVEC L'ACADIE OU LA NOUVELLE ECOSSE
ISLE ET BANC DE TERRE-NEUVE, ISLE ROYALE ET ISLE ST. JEAN; AVEC L'ACADIE OU LA NOUVELLE ECOSSE
Detailed map of the region from Newfoundland to the Saint Lawrence and Nova Scotia highlighting the fishing banks. The coastlines and mountains are shown by hachuring., Longitude on the south uses the Paris prime meridian and on the north uses the Ferro prime meridian (El Hierro, Canary Islands).
ISOLA DI CAPO BRETON
ISOLA DI CAPO BRETON
One of the earliest known maps to show Cape Breton on its own. The importance of fishing is noted by the presence of fishing banks. It is also interesting to note the numerous place names still in use: St. Paul's Island, Scatari Island, Cape North, St. Anne's and Canso to name just a few., Other copies found on the web put the scale of this map at 1:3,700,00, likely based on the scale bar of Italian miles. Ours was done by georeferencing the map, which we consider to be more accurate.
ITALY BY MR. D'ANVILLE Geographer to the French King, Drawn and Engraved from the Original Publish'd at PARIS, at the Expence of the Duke of Orleans
ITALY BY MR. D'ANVILLE Geographer to the French King, Drawn and Engraved from the Original Publish'd at PARIS, at the Expence of the Duke of Orleans
A very detailed map showing topography., Prime meridian is based in London. There are three scale bars on the map, one in English Miles, one in Roman miles and the other in great leagues of France. Scale was deteremined by measuing between 2 degrees of latitude.
Isole di Terra Nuova e Capo Breton di Nuova Projezione
Isole di Terra Nuova e Capo Breton di Nuova Projezione
Uses Tenerife as the prime meridian (approximately 16.5° west of Greenwich); longitude is labelled eastward from prime meridian. The scale is rounded from approximately 1:2085352; scale bar is labelled with Italian miles at 60 per degree latitude, and English miles at 69 per degree latitude; compared with secondary calculation by increment of latitude.
KARTE VON L'ISLE ROYALE
KARTE VON L'ISLE ROYALE
Uses Paris as the prime meridian. German version of Bellin's 1744 map originally published in Charlevoix's Histoire et description générale de la Nouvelle France.
KENT Drawn from Surveys and the best Modern Maps By E. Bowen Geog'r to His Majesty
KENT Drawn from Surveys and the best Modern Maps By E. Bowen Geog'r to His Majesty
Includes an engraving of the Arms of Canterbury., London is used as the Prime meridian.
L'ISLE ROYALE Située a l'Entrée du Golphe de Saint Laurent
L'ISLE ROYALE Située a l'Entrée du Golphe de Saint Laurent
This map only has graticule borders on the bottom and right sides. The scale bar is in common leagues and the map uses the Paris prime meridian. There are 3 notes across the bottom referring to other maps in the atlas; notably No. 13, the Gulf of St. Lawrence, No. 25, Port Dauphin and No. 24, Louisbourg.
LANCASHIRE Drawn from the best Authoritites and Regulated by ASTRON'L OBERVAT'NS
LANCASHIRE Drawn from the best Authoritites and Regulated by ASTRON'L OBERVAT'NS
Includes an engraving of the Arms of Lancaster, London is used as the Prime meridian. Scale bar is in English miles.
LONG MEG and her Daughters, near Little Salkeld, Cumberland
LONG MEG and her Daughters, near Little Salkeld, Cumberland
Text on map: "This representation of this curiosity, that was sent us by our obliging and ingenious cuire respondent, has a resemblance of nature which could not be preserved in a cut, because the drawing is heightened with water colours, but it may be seen by any of our readers at St. John's Gate." Map depicts road to Kirk Oswalk, a low stone wall, several individual tress, and each stone within the enclosures including the stone called Long Meg. On page 311 of this volume, a letter is printed detailing each stone, location, size, and appearance. Long Meg is a 12 ft high piece of red sandstone standing about 240 ft from the circle of "daughter" stones. There are faint traces of spiral carvings in the face of Long Meg, in a style associated with the Bronze Age (c. 2000-900BCE). The circle is comprised of 59 stones., Map of the stone circle, known as "Long Meg' Scale was determined by measuring from one side of the stone circle to the opposite side. Prime Meridian is unknown.
LOWER CANADA
LOWER CANADA
The 1836 publication of this atlas was the 1st edition. Virtually identical maps, with the exception of the publication information, appear in subsequent editions and atlases by Mitchell and others. The publication statement and the color palette definitively tie this to the 1836 publication., Inset: NOVA SCOTIA, NEW BRUNSWICK &c., Top center outside the neat lines: Tanner's Universal Atlas. Botton center outside the neat lines: Published by H. S. Tanner, Philadephia. Bottom right outside the neat lines: J. Knight, Sc. and "3." perpendicular to the neat lines. Bar scale in American miles.
LOWER CANADA AND NEW BRUNSWICK
LOWER CANADA AND NEW BRUNSWICK
While this is most likely from the 1838 edition of Bradford's atlas and Walter's notes indicate that, the color palette doesn't match other copies available online that are defintely from that atlas. However, the colors also vary between those maps., Inset: Nova Scotia, Uses the Washington prime meridian.
MACKINLAY'S MAP OF THE PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA COMPILED FROM ACTUAL & RECENT SURVEYS
MACKINLAY'S MAP OF THE PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA COMPILED FROM ACTUAL & RECENT SURVEYS
This map shows shipping lanes with distances to North American and European ports from various Nova Scotia ports of call., Scale bar is in statute miles.
MADRAS and FORT St. GEORGE taken by the French under the Command of M. Mahé de la Bourdonnais on ye 21 of Septem. 1746
MADRAS and FORT St. GEORGE taken by the French under the Command of M. Mahé de la Bourdonnais on ye 21 of Septem. 1746
Map details the ships that took the fort., West is at the top with the map in the reading position. The absence of a graticule and dramatic changes in the topography of the area surrounding the fort since this map was published makes the only point of accuracy the fort itself. We are therefore unable to accurately determine the scale nor the full extent of the map geographically.

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