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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AN ACCURATE MAP of IRELAND divided in PROVINCES and COUNTIES, with Its Great and Bye Roads, Loughs, Rivers, Canals &c. &c.
AN ACCURATE MAP of IRELAND divided in PROVINCES and COUNTIES, with Its Great and Bye Roads, Loughs, Rivers, Canals &c. &c.
Map of Ireland divided into its 4 provinces by different colours outlining the borders and further subdivided into their respective counties. Major roads are shown using hollow double lines, and bye-roads with single lines of a lighter lineweight than what is used for rivers. Fishing banks within St. Georges Channel and the Irish Sea are shown, along with light relief. J. Gary Scuip. noted below simple medallion title. Nymph Bank noted as discovered in 1735 by Captain Doyle., The scale bar is in Irish miles, and the graticule uses London as its prime meridian; the scale was calculated from the scale bar and the coordinates from the map's graticule.
AN ACCURATE MAP of the ISLANDS of ST. CHRISTOPHERS and NEVIS in the WEST INDIES By an Officer With the Position of the ENGLISH and FRENCH FLEETS February 7th 1782
AN ACCURATE MAP of the ISLANDS of ST. CHRISTOPHERS and NEVIS in the WEST INDIES By an Officer With the Position of the ENGLISH and FRENCH FLEETS February 7th 1782
The map provides fine topographical depiction of the two islands, locating parishes, quarters, towns, harbors, roads, etc. The map showing English and French fleet positions during the Battle of Saint Kitts (aka the Battle of Frigate Bay) after Hood had maneuvered into the anchorage at Basse Terre. Coastal features are extensively annotated, and while no soundings are displayed a large amount of sand banks and hazards are shown. Relief is shown pictorially using a technique close to contour lines, especially for the volcanic centre of St. Kitts Island. The map shows the engagement between the French Forces led by Francois-Joseph Paul, Comte De Grasse and Admiral Samuel Hood. Twenty-nine battleships are etched along the coastline and labelled ""The French Fleet"". Another group of twenty-sever battleships are etched in position beat St/ George's Town and titled ""Ad. Hoods Squadron"". Other details include Mooring Point, In January and February 1782, De Grasse conquered St. Kitts. De Grasse's action at St. Kitts was vigorously opposed by Hood, who, with a much inferior force, first drove de Grasse from his anchorage at Basseterre and then repulsed his repeated attacks. Admiral Hood`s Squadron is shown on the map in a defensive position protecting the towns against the French fleet. St. Kitts was contested between the French, Spanish and English numerous times during the 17th and 18th century, due to the prosperous sugar plantations on the island. This map illustrates the siege that followed the Battle of St Kitts, also known as the Battle of Frigate Bay, during the American Revolutionary War, which eventually resulted in a French victory. The islands were returned to Britain under the Treaty of Versailles in 1783. Description of the islands begins on page 187., The scale bar is in British miles, and there is no graticule; the scale was calculated from the scale bar and the coordinates were obtained via georeferencing.
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 EUROPE From the latest Observations & Discoveries
An Accurate MAP of EUROPE From the latest Observations & Discoveries
A colour washed map presenting different countries in colours along international borders. However, there is no distinction between Austria, Prussian, and the remaining German states, and Poland. Colour key on page 249., A quite commonly seen plate of Europe for Hinton's Universal Magazine. There is no scale bar, and the map uses London for its prime meridian; the coordinates and scale were calculated using the map's graticule.
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.

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