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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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.
CANADA, NEW BRUNSWICK AND NOVA SCOTIA
CANADA, NEW BRUNSWICK AND NOVA SCOTIA
Although this map is dated 1834, the atlas it is from wasn't published until 1835., Upper right and lower right, outside the neat lines "36.". Bottom center, outside the neat lines: London. Publish'd by Henry Teesdale & C., 302 High Holborn, March 1834. Lower right, outside the neat lines: Drawn & Engraved by J. Dower, London.
CANADA, NEW BRUNSWICK, NOVA SCOTIA, ETC.
CANADA, NEW BRUNSWICK, NOVA SCOTIA, ETC.
Different sources have different publication dates for this atlas. The Library of Congress uses information from the supplementary index to date it to 1843. This is a fine steel engraving typical of Archer's work., Top center outside the neat lines are two scale lines comparing relative distances in England and Canada. Bar scale in English miles.
CARTE D'UNE PARTIE DE L'AMÉRIQUE SEPTENTRIONALE
CARTE D'UNE PARTIE DE L'AMÉRIQUE SEPTENTRIONALE
This map lays out a lengthy list of facts supporting French claims in the area covered., Notation in upper right outside the neat lines: Journal enciclop. T.4, p.3. This map uses two prime meridians; Paris on the lower extent and London on the upper extent.
CARTE DE L'OCEAN OCCIDENTAL
CARTE DE L'OCEAN OCCIDENTAL
This map uses the equator as its bottom extent. Both the Ferro and Paris prime meridians are indicated, but the graticule is marked 360 degrees east from Ferro (El Hierro) in the Canary Islands. There is a spectacular compass rose at the center.
CARTE DE LA BAYE DE TRINQUEMALE dans l'Isle de Ceylan
CARTE DE LA BAYE DE TRINQUEMALE dans l'Isle de Ceylan
Outside the neat lines upper right: Tome III, No. 32. Scale bar in toises.
CARTE DES BAYES RADES ET PORT DE PLAISANCE dans L'Isle de Terre Neuve
CARTE DES BAYES RADES ET PORT DE PLAISANCE dans L'Isle de Terre Neuve
This map appears in several different publications and is distinguished in each by the appearance of the cartouche. This is the first known instance.
CARTE DES POSSESSIONS ANGLOISES & FRANÇOISES DU CONTINENT DE L'AMÉRIQUE SEPTENTRIONALE
CARTE DES POSSESSIONS ANGLOISES & FRANÇOISES DU CONTINENT DE L'AMÉRIQUE SEPTENTRIONALE
One of the earliest maps we have in the collection showing a proper legend with English possessions in yellow, French possessions in green and disputed territory in pink., Scale represented in English miles, French common leagues and English/French marine leagues. Uses the London prime meridian on the south graticule and Ferro (El Hierro) on the north graticule.
CARTE DU CANADA, DE LA NOUVELLE ECOSSE et DE L'ACADIE; d'après les Originaux Anglais
CARTE DU CANADA, DE LA NOUVELLE ECOSSE et DE L'ACADIE; d'après les Originaux Anglais
This map shows the Atlantic Provinces and the Province of Quebec as defined by the Royal Proclamation of 1763. Rivers, bays and settlements are named; some topographic features are shown by hachuring., Longitude on the north uses the Paris prime meridian and on the south uses the Ferro prime meridian (El Hierro, Canary Islands).

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