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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CHART of the ANTARCTIC POLAR CIRCLE, with the Countries adjoining, According to the New Hypothesis of M. Buache
CHART of the ANTARCTIC POLAR CIRCLE, with the Countries adjoining, According to the New Hypothesis of M. Buache
Highly descriptive map of the southern Polar Regions (Antarctic) centering on the pol and northward to the Tropic of Capricorn. Indicated on the map are: 18th & 18th century land sightings, "Land Yet Undiscovered" and "Frozen Sea as Supposed". New Zealand is and Australia, Cape of Good Hope, Africa, and Cape Horn South America are shown on map as is a section of Madagascar Island. Interestingly, this volume of Gentleman's Quarterly published by Edward Cave but identified by his pen name "Sylvanus Urban"., Conic Map of the South Pole. Prime Meridian is Paris, France.
CHART of the BALTIC SEA, GULFS OF FINLAND and BOTHNIA., with the SOUND, Drawn from the best Maps & Charts
CHART of the BALTIC SEA, GULFS OF FINLAND and BOTHNIA., with the SOUND, Drawn from the best Maps & Charts
Map with text explaining the ceding of Swedish territory to Russia. Map details the coasts of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland as well as the Baltic republics and Germany., Map of the Baltic Sea. Prime Meridian is based in London. Scale was determined by measuring between 5 degrees of Latitude. Map reads with North Facing to the top of the map. There is a scale bar along the right side of the latitude grid, in leagues.
Carte reduite de L'Acadie ou Nouvelle Ecosse comprenant une partie de l'Île Royale, de l'Île St. Jean et du Canada dressee au depot general des cartes, Plans, et Journaux de la Marine pour le service des vaisseaux de Roi par ordre de M. De Sartine Conseil
Carte reduite de L'Acadie ou Nouvelle Ecosse comprenant une partie de l'Île Royale, de l'Île St. Jean et du Canada dressee au depot general des cartes, Plans, et Journaux de la Marine pour le service des vaisseaux de Roi par ordre de M. De Sartine Conseil
Uses Paris prime meridian (2.337° east of Greenwich). The scale is not indicated on plate and is calculated based upon measurement of increment of latitude, and rounded from 1:600859.
Complete MAP of GERMANY comprehending in one View the different Seats of the Present War
Complete MAP of GERMANY comprehending in one View the different Seats of the Present War
Map covers most of Europe as depicted during the Seven Years' War. Map shows larger towns and major rivers specifically the Rhine River from source to its mouth beyond Rotterdam., Map of Germany. Prime Meridian is London. No scale bar on the map, Scale was determined by measuring between a degree of latitude.
DORSET SHIRE DRAWN FROM THE BEST AUTHORITIES
DORSET SHIRE DRAWN FROM THE BEST AUTHORITIES
Includes an engraving of the Arms of Dorchester in the lower left corner., London Prime meridian.
DURHAM Drawn from the best Authorities
DURHAM Drawn from the best Authorities
Includes an engraving of the Arms of Durham in the lower left corner., London Prime meridian.
Dressé au Dépôt Général des Cartes, Plans, et Journaux de la Marine d'après un Plan Manuscrit de ce Dépôt, Par Ordre de M. de Sartine, Conseiller d'Etat, Ministre et Sécrétaire d'Etat ayant le Département de la Marine  
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PLAN DU PORT TO
Dressé au Dépôt Général des Cartes, Plans, et Journaux de la Marine d'après un Plan Manuscrit de ce Dépôt, Par Ordre de M. de Sartine, Conseiller d'Etat, Ministre et Sécrétaire d'Etat ayant le Département de la Marine [on plate with] PLAN DU PORT TO
Relief is shown by hachures. Depth is shown by soundings., 2 maps of equal importance on 1 sheet. The graphic scale bar unit of measure is nautical miles, the scale was calculated and rounded down from 1:20,809. There are no geographic coordinates displayed, no graticule or no indication as such of a prime meridian. Rrhumb lines displayed for navigation with north indicated with fleur de lis symbol. The presence of rhumb lines indicates a conformal projection, likely Mercator's, which preserves shape and direction, for the purpose of navigation.
EAST INDIES DRAWN from the Latest Discoveries
EAST INDIES DRAWN from the Latest Discoveries
Detailed map of region extending from India to Japan and south to New Guinea. Ornate cartouche of palm trees and island inhabitant. Of note: dotted lines indicated sea track of several galleons. Sea tracks include: track to Acapulco, from China to Europe, to Manila, from South Sea to China. Map details sholas, islands, and coastlines., Map of the East Indies. Map reads with North facing to the top of the map. Prime Meridian is London. Scale was determined by measuring between 10 degrees of Latitude.
FAC-SIMILE OF A MAP OF AFRICA PRINTED IN 1626
FAC-SIMILE OF A MAP OF AFRICA PRINTED IN 1626
A 1878 reproduction of most of a 1626 map of Africa (AFRICÆ, described, the manners of their Habits, and buildings; newly done into English by J.S. and published at the charges of G Humble Ano 1626) published in John Speed's "Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World". The article on the next page titled "Map of Africa, A.D. 1626" has a detailed description of the map.
FRANCE WITH ITS Acquired Territories In GERMANY and the NETHERLANDS BY T. Jefferys, Geographer to his Royal Highness the PRINCE OF WALES
FRANCE WITH ITS Acquired Territories In GERMANY and the NETHERLANDS BY T. Jefferys, Geographer to his Royal Highness the PRINCE OF WALES
Includes two inset maps: A Plan of Toulon and The Harbour of Brest., Prime Meridian is London. There is a scale bar in leagues on the bottom right corner of the map.
GEOGRAPHICAL REMARKS relating to the Map in our last, from the 2d letter of P. Charlevoix
GEOGRAPHICAL REMARKS relating to the Map in our last, from the 2d letter of P. Charlevoix
Like Bellin's February 1746 article, this one by Charlevoix is intended to accompany Bellin's map, engraved by Thomas Jefferys published in the January issue.
GLOCESTER SHIRE Drawn from the best Authorities
GLOCESTER SHIRE Drawn from the best Authorities
Includes an engraving of the Arms of Glochester in the lower right corner., London Prime meridian.
GRUNDRISS VON PORT ROYAL in Accadia von den Engloendern ANNAPOLIS ROYAL gennant. Durch B.N. Ing de la M. 1744
GRUNDRISS VON PORT ROYAL in Accadia von den Engloendern ANNAPOLIS ROYAL gennant. Durch B.N. Ing de la M. 1744
According to Kershaw (770) this German version of Bellin's Port Royal map was published in 1756 by Arkstee & Merkus., The actual scale on map is incorrect - there is a note in Walter's hand correcting scale. Three scalebars: Toises, German Miles, and English Miles. No Latitude or Longitude is indicated on the map.
GRÆCIA MAGNA including SICILY; shewing the SETTLEMENTS of the GREEKS in ITALY, with PYRRHUS'S EXPEDITION there, and that of the CARTHAGINIANS in ITALY
GRÆCIA MAGNA including SICILY; shewing the SETTLEMENTS of the GREEKS in ITALY, with PYRRHUS'S EXPEDITION there, and that of the CARTHAGINIANS in ITALY
Ferro is prime meridian. Three scales are used: Roman miles (as toises), Greek stades and British statute miles. Top right, outside the neat lines: Vol. III Page 186; top left: plate VII.
Geography of the Great Solar Eclipse of July, 14. MDCCXLVIII. Exhibiting an Accurate Map of All Parts of the Earth in which it will be Visible with the North Pole According to the Latest Discoveries. By G. Smith Esqr.
Geography of the Great Solar Eclipse of July, 14. MDCCXLVIII. Exhibiting an Accurate Map of All Parts of the Earth in which it will be Visible with the North Pole According to the Latest Discoveries. By G. Smith Esqr.
Map exhibiting parts of Northern Europe and North Pole visible during Lunar eclipse showing 24 diagrams tracking the total eclipse sunrise to sunset. map is surrounded by various views of the eclipse from different towns and cities around the world. Each diagram indicates sighting location and degree of eclipse. Elaborate cartouche resplendid with cherub blowing stardust, Note: Lake Michigan is labeled as "Illinois Lake" and Lake Superior is labeled "Upper Lake"., Map of the Northern Hemisphere, the North Pole. There is a scale bar in the bottom right corner of the map, but unsure of the measuring units. There is a pictures exhibiting the moon through an eclipse. Graticule math was performed and compared with coordinates on Google Earth to determine the map extent. Prime Meridian is Ferro.

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