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 DELAWARE BAY AND RIVER, from the Original BY MR. FISHER OF PHILADELPHIA, 1776
A CHART OF DELAWARE BAY AND RIVER, from the Original BY MR. FISHER OF PHILADELPHIA, 1776
This Revolutionary War map was based on the chart Joshua Fisher made of Delaware Bay in 1756. The Fisher map is considered an important map of the bay and river in the eighteenth century. Joshua Fisher's early chart of Delaware Bay from the Sea-Coast to Reedy-Island was published during the French & Indian War, and was immediately suppressed by the Assembly, fearing that its falling into enemy hands would make Philadelphia a target of the French navy. Identifies the ship channels from Cape May and Cape James up the Delaware River past Salem Mass. Wilmington, Newcastle, and Chester to the small town of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The accompanying text includes an article updating the British public on the war in the colonies. It shows the bay and beyond to Philadelphia complete with place names and the location of navigation hazards along the waterway. Locates Cape May, Turtle Gut Inlet, Cape James, Egg Island, Salem, and much more. Two distance scales and the direction rose with fleur-de-lis orients north to the right. A large discolouration permeates the majority of the map element., Scale bars in both English and Nautical miles. Extents calculated via georeferencing.
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 FRENCH COAST from Port Louis to the Mouth of the Loire; exhibiting Bell Isle, Quiberon Bay, and the Isle of Dumet where Sr. Edw'd Hawke defeated the French Fleet Nov'r 20, 1759
A CHART of the FRENCH COAST from Port Louis to the Mouth of the Loire; exhibiting Bell Isle, Quiberon Bay, and the Isle of Dumet where Sr. Edw'd Hawke defeated the French Fleet Nov'r 20, 1759
A chart of the coast of Brittany, including the mouth of the Loire, where Nantes, France's largest port at the time, lay only a few kilometres up river. Soundings, sandbanks, rocks/hazards, and rhumb lines emanating from an off-page compass rose at the mouth of the harbour are present to aid marine navigation. Some trees and grassland are shown to represent land features. As a chart there is extensive annotation of shore features; on land Questembert is labelled Quitamber. A Fluer de Lis in centered at bottom placing scale., There is no scale bar for the chart, and the graticule uses London for the prime meridian; both the scale and coordinates were calculated using the map's graticule.
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 CORRECT MAP of Saxony Bohemia Moravia Silesia &c. with the ADJACENT COUNTRY. Shewing the Seat of War between the PRUSIANS & AUSTRIANS in Those Parts
A CORRECT MAP of Saxony Bohemia Moravia Silesia &c. with the ADJACENT COUNTRY. Shewing the Seat of War between the PRUSIANS & AUSTRIANS in Those Parts
A map showing the area around Silesia, a heavily contested area between the Austrians and Prussians during the Seven Years War. A cartouche frames the work's title near the top right corner. The Oder and Elbe river systems are symbolized with double lines to signify major waterways; light relief is shown through hatching, individual trees show wooded areas, and broken lines delineate borders., The scale bar is in British miles and London is used for the prime meridian; the scale was calculated from the scale bar and the coordinates from the map's graticule.
A Chart of ye WEST-INDIES or the Islands of AMERICA in the NORTH SEA &c. Being ye Present Seat of War by Herman Moll Geographer
A Chart of ye WEST-INDIES or the Islands of AMERICA in the NORTH SEA &c. Being ye Present Seat of War by Herman Moll Geographer
A chart of the West Indies by Moll with an inset of La Vera Cruz. A Chart of ye West-Indies or the Islands of America in the North Sea &c. Being ye Present Seat of War Very uncommon map covering the present-day southern United States, Central America, the Caribbean and northern South America with an inset of Vera Cruz. The map displays fascinating notations concerning the movements of Spain's wealthy galleons - "The Gallions & Flota usually joining at the Havana, ye whole Armada sails forth for Spain through this Gulf." This route took them into British waters off the coast of Carolina. Directions of trade winds, two compass roses, and rhumb lines make this a very attractive map. This is the later edition that was issued to show the theater for the War of Jenkins's Ear. Relations deteriorated between Spain and England over logging issues in Honduras and the perception by the English that the Spanish were restricting their access to the slave trade in the West Indies. This friction was aggravated by a continuing dispute over the border between Spanish Florida and Georgia. Prime Minister Walpole declared war on Spain in October, 1739. Two compass roses are shown to aid marine navigation for the major ports in the area. Freehand hatching is done for what is assumed to be deeper water, stipling for shoals, crosses for hazards, and arrows show the direction of the trade winds in the area. Vessel tracks of common fleet movements and relevant descriptions are spread throughout the map. A figure/ground contrast is created via hatching on the inside of the coastline. The inset shows a highly generalized view of La Vera Cruz and its harbour., The scale and coordinates were calculated from the scale bar and graticule. The scale bar is in English Leagues, and London is used for the prime meridian.
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 PLAN of the several CANALS, given in the Course of this Magazine
A GENERAL PLAN of the several CANALS, given in the Course of this Magazine
A small scale map of England and Wales giving a generalized view of the canals shown in the magazine. The map avoids cartographic complexity, showing only coastline, hydrography, cities, and a broken line for highlighted roads. There accompanying text contains the legend for the letters, showing distance in miles between points. The purpose of the symbol/medallion/coin east of Cardigan Bay is unknown at this time., The map was georeferenced to prioritize the hydrography, consequently the coastline and near the map extents are quite inaccurate. The scale and coordinates for this map were derived via georeferencing.
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.

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