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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38 MAPS. UNION ATLAS, CONTAINING New and Improved Maps OF ALL THE EMPIRES, KINGDOMS, & STATES, IN THE KNOWN WORLD, Designed as a Companion to the various Gazetteers & books of Geography now in use
38 MAPS. UNION ATLAS, CONTAINING New and Improved Maps OF ALL THE EMPIRES, KINGDOMS, & STATES, IN THE KNOWN WORLD, Designed as a Companion to the various Gazetteers & books of Geography now in use
1) The Western Hemisphere, or New World. 2) The Eastern Hemisphere, or Old World. 3) A New Map of Europe. 4) Denmark. 5) Sweden, Denmark, & Norway. 6) Russia in Europe. 7) Russian Empire. 8) A New Map of Scotland from the latest authorities. 9) A New Map of England and Wales. 10) United Kingdom of England, Scotland, and Ireland. 11) A New Map of Ireland. 12) A New Map of France divided into its Departments. 13) Holland. 14) Poland & Prussia, from the latest Authorities. 15) Netherlands, and that Part of Germany West of the Rhine, as ceded to France. 16) A New Map of Germany. 17) Switzerland. 18) Hungary. 19) A New Map of Spain and Portugal, Divided into their respective Kingdoms and Provinces. 20) Italy. 21) A New Map of Turkey in Europe. 22) A New Map of Turkey in Asia. 23) China. 24) The East India Islands. 25) Persia. 26) A New Map of Asia, from the Best Authorities. 27) Hindoostan. 28) A New Map of Africa from Recent Authorities. 29) North America, from the Latest Authorities. 30) The United States of America. 31) The West India Islands. 32) South America, from the Latest Authorities. 33) Arabia. 34) Egypt. 35) Greece. 36) A Chart of the World on Mercator's Projection. 37) Romanum Imperium. 38) Graecia Antiqua
A CHART of the BALTIC SEA, GULFS OF FINLAND and BOTHNIA., with the SOUND, Drawn from the best Maps & Charts
A 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.
A CHART of the WORLD according to Mercators Projection Shewing the latest discoveries of Capt. COOK
A CHART of the WORLD according to Mercators Projection Shewing the latest discoveries of Capt. COOK
Shows the tracks of Capt. James Cook's voyages from 1768-1780. Antarctica is not shown and is referenced as different forms of ice blocking the path. Bering Strait is shown impassible due to ice between both continents on July 1779. Engraved under the cartouche "O'clock Hours at London" and the bottom graticule shows hours at lines of longitude. This is one of the earliest maps we've seen indicating time., Projection makes it difficult to obtain accurate latitude coordinates.
A Complete MAP of GERMANY comprehending in one View the different Seats of the Present War
A 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.
A Correct Chart of the IRISH SEA, &c. exhibiting a View of the several Islands & Bays, lately touch'd at by M. THUROT, in his Attempt upon IRELAND
A Correct Chart of the IRISH SEA, &c. exhibiting a View of the several Islands & Bays, lately touch'd at by M. THUROT, in his Attempt upon IRELAND
A nautical chart of the region along the coastlines of the British Isle including Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. The "Nymph Bank" is highlighted and a tiny fleet of ships is located between the Isle of Man and Belfast. A fleur-de-lis and rhumb lines embellish the chart., A map of the West Coast of Wales, and the majority of Ireland. Prime Meridian is London. Scale bar in the top left hand corner, represented in Miles.
A Correct MAP of the ROAD from LONDON to CARLISLE, commencing at Darlaston Bridge, in the CHESTER ROAD [on plate with] The ROAD from CARLISLE to BERWICK
A Correct MAP of the ROAD from LONDON to CARLISLE, commencing at Darlaston Bridge, in the CHESTER ROAD [on plate with] The ROAD from CARLISLE to BERWICK
Strip maps of road detailing city blocks, buildings, and crossroads from London to Carlisle then Carlisle to Berwick Eleven strip maps I plus plan of the town of Carlisle., Various Road maps located in the United Kingdom. There are two road maps on this one map sheet. Both maps read with north facing to the top Right of the map. Scale was determined by measuring the distance of the roads. Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule.
A Draught of the Road and Harbour of BREST with the adjacent Coast
A Draught of the Road and Harbour of BREST with the adjacent Coast
Decorative rococo title cartouche. Detailed harbor chart with many soundings in the Road of Brest. Locates all harbors, towns, rivers, capes and islands. The map labels the water depth in the bays and seas around Brest. The walled city of Brest is well shown, as are small houses, churches and windmills. Map extends from Le Counquet to Le Faou, detailing the coastline, anchorages and soundings throughout the area., Map of the Harbour of Brest, located on the west coast of France. The Prime Meridian is unknown on this map, Due to lack of information and graticule on map. Map reads with north facing to the top of the map, but once map was referenced, north was orientated slightly to the top left of the map. There are two scale bars on the map, one in Miles, the other in Leagues.
A General MAP of SAXONY and BOHEMIA, With the adjacent Countries, including all SILESIA
A General MAP of SAXONY and BOHEMIA, With the adjacent Countries, including all SILESIA
Map of the kingdom of Bohemia divided into districts by strong lines. The region remained in Austrian hands after 1763. It contains the sources of the Oder and Moravia rivers. Originally part of Moravia, it became a separate crown land of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1849. Czechoslovakia gained the larger part of it by the Treaty of Versailles in 1919. Germany seized it 1938, and then it was returned to Czechoslovakia in 1945. It is now part of the Czech Republic., Map of Germany. Prime meridian is unknown, map grid does not match a meridian or the equator. Three scale bars on the map; English Miles, German Miles, and Common French Leagues.
A General Map of the DISCOVERIES of Admiral DE FONTE & others, BY M. De l'Isle
A General Map of the DISCOVERIES of Admiral DE FONTE & others, BY M. De l'Isle
Map depicts the mythical Northwest Sea Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific as proposed by early navigators. Includes tracks and notes from the voyages of Bernarda, Tchirikow, de Aguilar, de Fuca, Behring, and various discoveries and dates referenced only as Russian. Many notes on map, such as: "In this Inlet is an island with a Mountain like a Pillar"; "Land seen by M. Spanberg in 1728 non frequently by the Russians who fetch rich furs from it."; "A great Tract of Land discover'd in '722 to which the Tzutzy fled when they were pursued by the Risses who have not yet subduded them.", Map of Northern Canada & Russia. Map is heavily distorted, made for a rough georeferenced. Prime Meridian is Ferro. There is some land mass's on the map that do not even exist.
A Genuine PLAN of CHERBURG with the Fortifications as intended to be finished according to the Design of Mr. De Caux
A Genuine PLAN of CHERBURG with the Fortifications as intended to be finished according to the Design of Mr. De Caux
Large plan of Cherburg depicting inner harbour and basin including fortifications. Small inset depicts a plan of Cherburg before the fortifications were demolished in 1689. Small inset map shows placement of Cherburg Road, QuerQueville Bay, and the Bay des Marees. The word "suburbs" is used to indicate area outside of the city., Map of Cherbourg located on the North East coast of France. Two inset maps. Each map has it's own scale bar, Prime meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule.
A MAP OF DEVON-SHIRE Drawn from the best Authorities
A MAP OF DEVON-SHIRE Drawn from the best Authorities
Includes an engraving of the Arms of Exeter in the lower left corner.
A MAP OF THE COUNTRY AROUND DRESDEN, with the Towns and Fortresses which the serveral Armies have occupied during the Campaign
A MAP OF THE COUNTRY AROUND DRESDEN, with the Towns and Fortresses which the serveral Armies have occupied during the Campaign
Map of the counties Lusatia, Misnia, and Bohemia around the city of Dresden, Germany., Map of the city of Dreseden and the surrounding country, Germany. Prime meridian is based in London. Map reads with North facing to the top of the map. There are two scale bars on the map, one in English Miles, and the other in German Miles.
A MAP OF THE ISLAND OF JAMAICA
A MAP OF THE ISLAND OF JAMAICA
Map of Jamaica noted as an ideal located for the general rendezvous of fleets of all services in the West Indies from a safe harbour. Map depicts all bays along the coastline and some rivers, valleys, mountains and vales inland. No towns or cities indicated., Map of Jamaica Island. Prime Meridian is based in London. The map reads with North facing to the top of the map. One scale bar represented in Leagues.

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