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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ARFICA Drawn from the best MAPS, BY T. Jefferys, Geographer to His Royal Highness the PRINCE of WALES
ARFICA Drawn from the best MAPS, BY T. Jefferys, Geographer to His Royal Highness the PRINCE of WALES
Nap detailing landforms and coastline of Africa and Arabia. Of note: a dotted line indicates "Com. Ansor's track to England"., Map of Africa. Prime Meridian is London. Scale was determined by measuring between 10 degrees of Latitude.
ATLAS of the MARITIME PROVINCES of the DOMINION OF CANADA, With Historical and Geological Descriptions
ATLAS of the MARITIME PROVINCES of the DOMINION OF CANADA, With Historical and Geological Descriptions
One of the few atlases we've seen from the 19th century where attribution to the sources used is given (see subtitle).
An AUTHENTIC PLAN of the RIVER ST. LAURENCE, from SILLERY to the FALLS of MONTMORENCY
An AUTHENTIC PLAN of the RIVER ST. LAURENCE, from SILLERY to the FALLS of MONTMORENCY
Map details the Battle of Quebec during the French and Indian War of 1759. The map depicts positions of all British (General Wolfe's camp, Admiral Holmes, and the French encampments) and French troops during the capture of Quebec. The map shows rivers, roads, adjacent towns, the lines of the armies, defensive works, encampments, and warships in the river are all indicated and named., Map of St. Laurence River, Quebec, with Quebec City. One scale bar in English miles. The prime meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule.
Acadia, le Provincie di Sagadahook e Main, la Nuova Hampshire, la Rhode Island, e Parte di Massachusset e Connecticut
Acadia, le Provincie di Sagadahook e Main, la Nuova Hampshire, la Rhode Island, e Parte di Massachusset e Connecticut
Uses Ferro prime meridian (approximately 18° west of Greenwich); longitude is labelled eastward from prime meridian. The scale is not indicated on plate; it is calculated based upon measurement of increment of latitude, and rounded from 1:2056940.
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.
Accurate MAP, of His R.H. the DUKE of YORK'S, Journey thro' ITALY in 1763 & 1764
Accurate MAP, of His R.H. the DUKE of YORK'S, Journey thro' ITALY in 1763 & 1764
Map depicting the Duke of York's visit to Italy, landing in Genoa traveling through Florence, Rome, Naples returning through small towns along the Gulf of Venice. The area is labeled "Land of the Church"., Map of Italy. Prime Meridian is based in London. There are two scale bars on the map, one in English Miles, the other in Italian Miles. Map reads with North facing to the top Right corner 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.

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