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 the WEST INDIES, with the Adjacent Coast
An Accurate MAP of the WEST INDIES, with the Adjacent Coast
Map detailing known islands in the West Indies including Avis, Guadalupe, Porto Rico, St. Domingo, Jamaica, Cuba, Bear Islands, Barbardoes, and many more. Of note is a dotted line "The Tract of the Galleons from Spain" and "The tract of 9 Galleons from Carthagene to the Havana" and "The Tract of the Flota from Vera Cruz to the Havana" amd "The Return of the Galleons to Old Spain". Many gulfs and Bay's are depicted. Small arrows pointing southwest might indicate prevailing winds., Map of small sections of Southern North America and Northern South America coastlines, The West Indies. Prime Meridian is London. One scale bar on the map in Leagues. Map reads with North facing to the top of the map. There are little arrows throughout the map, most likely an indication of travel during exploration.
An Accurate Map of ESSEX Drawn from late SURVEYS with Improvements
An Accurate Map of ESSEX Drawn from late SURVEYS with Improvements
Includes an engraving of the Arms of Colchester in the upper right corner., London Prime meridian.
An Accurate Map of the BRITISH EMPIRE in N'TH AMERICA as settled by the Preliminaries in 1762
An Accurate Map of the BRITISH EMPIRE in N'TH AMERICA as settled by the Preliminaries in 1762
Relief shown pictorially on map depicting settlements in North America by 1762. Shaded countries are those formerly claimed or possessed by France and Space and now ceded to Great Britain at the end of the French and Indian War. Capes, bays, and islands are etched including the Great Fishing Bank. Inset map depicts the mouth of the Mississippi., The map has two Prime Meridians; the top is based in London, the bottom is based in Ferro. The map reads with North facing to the top of the map.
An Accurate Map of the ENGLISH COLONIES in North America bordering on the River Ohio
An Accurate Map of the ENGLISH COLONIES in North America bordering on the River Ohio
Covers from Maine to South Carolina and west to Lake Michigan. Relief shown pictorially. Title enclosed in simple double-lined box. A map of English colonies in America before the Revolutionary War. Some English names are present before they were later changed in favour of more nationalistic ones. Lake Michigan is considerably smaller in this map, and its connection to Lake Huron is more than 300 km to the north of where the map places it., It is difficult to define a projection without graticule curvature; referenced to WGS/WebMercator unsatisfactorily. No scale bar is present on the map, and London is used for the prime meridian; both the scale and coordinates were calculated from the map's graticule.
An Accurate Map of the ROAD from LONDON to the LANDS END in CORNWALL, Passing thro SALISBURY, EXETER, PLYMOUTH, &c. [on plate with] The ROAD from EXETER to TRURO
An Accurate Map of the ROAD from LONDON to the LANDS END in CORNWALL, Passing thro SALISBURY, EXETER, PLYMOUTH, &c. [on plate with] The ROAD from EXETER to TRURO
Strip maps of road detailing city blocks, buildings, and crossroads from London to Truro Fifteen strips included on one sheet:Devon shire, Corvall, Cornwall, Dorset Shire, Hampshire, Surrey, Salisbury, Exeter, Plymouth, and Truro., Road maps of various roads in United Kingdom. Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule, There is no scale referenced on any of the maps. There are two maps on this one map sheet. North is orientated to the bottom right corner of the maps.
An Accurate Map of the SEAT OF WAR in the MEDITERRANEAN including the MOREA and Archipelago.
An Accurate Map of the SEAT OF WAR in the MEDITERRANEAN including the MOREA and Archipelago.
Map centered on Greece extending to parts of Albanis, Macedonia, Romania, and Anatolia. Some islands including Crete. Long article related to map on adjoining pages. In 1770 the Greeks, with the assistance of the Russians, had rebelled against the Turks. The rebellion was put down., Map is of the Mediterranean. There are two Prime Meridians, The top graticule being based in Ferro, and the bottom graticule being based in London. There are three scale bars on the map, One in British/French Marine Leagues, British Miles and French leagues. Map reads with North facing to the top of the map.
An Accurate Map of the SEAT of WAR in the KINGDOM of PRUSSIA as Also in BOHEMIA, LUSATIA, SILESIA, SAXONY, WESTPHALIA &c. by Tho. Kitchin Geog'r
An Accurate Map of the SEAT of WAR in the KINGDOM of PRUSSIA as Also in BOHEMIA, LUSATIA, SILESIA, SAXONY, WESTPHALIA &c. by Tho. Kitchin Geog'r
A pictorial map showing most of Europe affected by the war and before the signing of the Treaty of Hubertusburg. Imperial Circles are not referred to as such, but are only given their territorial names. Border delineation is done through broken lines, and relief is shown., There are two scale bars in German and English 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.
An Accurate Map of the SOUTH Part of UPPER SAXONY including LUSATIA
An Accurate Map of the SOUTH Part of UPPER SAXONY including LUSATIA
A map of Upper Saxony and Lusatia located in modern day Germany and the Czech Republic. The legend in the top left corner describes political control of regions. A sweeping scroll motif cartouche is place in top center of map.The routes of the Prussians are described. The text beginning on page 367 remarks on the activities of the war and discrepancies of the map. To the left of the north arrow is the description of the double dashed line used to show the routes of the Prussian army. Relief is shown with light hachuring, and major rivers are double-lined., The map's scale bars are in both British (69 to a degree) and German (15 miles to a degree) miles, and London is used for the prime meridian.
An Authentic Plan of the RIVER ST. LAURENCE, from Sillery to the Fall of Montmerenci, with the Operations of the SIEGE of QUEBEC, under the Command of Vice-Adm'l Saunders & Maj'r Gen'l Wolfe down to the 5 Sep'r 1759...
An Authentic Plan of the RIVER ST. LAURENCE, from Sillery to the Fall of Montmerenci, with the Operations of the SIEGE of QUEBEC, under the Command of Vice-Adm'l Saunders & Maj'r Gen'l Wolfe down to the 5 Sep'r 1759...
A plan of the Siege of Quebec by Admirals Saunder and Wolfe showing troop/fleet movements, encampments and fortifications, batteries, marine navigational hazards, bridgeheads, wind direction, and buoys placed by the Wolfe's ship to combat French fireships. Drawn by an officer of the Royal Navy, this map depicts the British and French tactical positions at the time of the climatic battle on the Plains of Abraham, September 13, 1759. That engagement led to a French defeat and the deaths of both commanders, Montcalm and Wolfe; the city surrendered five days later. Wolfe’s overwhelming advantages are evident. The British fleet dominates the river, and British land forces control Isle of Orleans as well as the shore directly opposite Quebec. At “The Landing Place” (to the left on the Quebec side), Wolfe’s soldiers climbed the heights to a position behind the French during the night of September 12–13, thus forcing Montcalm to leave the city and do battle on the Plains of Abraham. Descriptions of military actions and engagements are spread throughout the map. There is a legend in the bottom left corner concerning the French defenses in the area. The inset map displays the area at a smaller scale, and plan B shows the action of the pivotal battle. Detailed descriptions of the conflict are written in the accompanying pages 279-281., Virtually identical map to WKM-J-281 published in Universal Magazine, also in December 1759, with minor differences between the two. The most prominent differences are the alternate positions of the explanatory legend with the cartouche; the other map scale is ~25% larger . The scale bar is in English miles, and there is no graticule present on the map; the scale was calculated from the scale bar and the coordinates were obtained from georeferencing.
An Exact MAP of the CRIM, (Formerly TAURICA CHERSONESUS) Part of Lesser Tartary, the Sea of ASOPH, and the adjacent Country of the Kuban Tartars;
An Exact MAP of the CRIM, (Formerly TAURICA CHERSONESUS) Part of Lesser Tartary, the Sea of ASOPH, and the adjacent Country of the Kuban Tartars;
Map of the Crimean peninsula and areas surrounding the Black Sea coast and the Sea of Azov. Accompanying text: "Explanations of the map, as published by the Academy at Petersburgh from the chart sent by the Generals Lacy and Munich, in 1736 and 1737" which essentially describes the different Russian and Turkish encampments., Two scale bars on the map, one represents English Miles with the other in Russian Wersts. Prime meridian determined to be Azores meridian.
An exact PLAN of the BATTLE of MINDEN, August 1st, 1759
An exact PLAN of the BATTLE of MINDEN, August 1st, 1759
A plan of the Battle of Minden fought August 1, 1759 between the French army and the Anglo-German army during the Seven Years War. The Anglo-german alliance commanded by Field Marchal Ferdinand, Duke of Brunswick, defeated a French army commanded by Marshal of France Louis, Marquis de Contades. This plan predates the completion of this stretch of the Mittland Canal by 156 years, which is extremely prominent in the area's modern topography and has altered the landscape. The letters & numbers are explained on page 144 & 145 of the magazine., The scale and coordinates were loosely calculated via georeferencing. Unable to locate the present day equivalent of the many of the villages. Impossible to accurately georeference as drawing is not to scale (Hille at E is over 13 km away from Minden, making this a map at around 1:185,000 if it were - at this scale it would be impossible to see any details; instead a very loose scale was calculated using a smaller area around Old Minden).
Authentic PLAN of the RIVER ST. LAURENCE, from Sillery to the Fall of Montmorenci; with the Operations of the SIEGE of QUEBEC, under the Command of Vice-Adm'l Saunders & Major Gen'l Wolfe. 1759
Authentic PLAN of the RIVER ST. LAURENCE, from Sillery to the Fall of Montmorenci; with the Operations of the SIEGE of QUEBEC, under the Command of Vice-Adm'l Saunders & Major Gen'l Wolfe. 1759
Drawn by an officer of the Royal Navy, this map depicts the British and French tactical positions at the time of the climatic battle on the Plains of Abraham, September 13, 1759. Two insets on the map depicting view of the engagement from Quebec City and along the St. Laurence. That engagement led to a French defeat and the deaths of both commanders, Montcalm and Wolfe; the city surrendered five days later. Wolfe’s overwhelming advantages are evident. The British fleet dominates the river, and British land forces control Isle of Orleans as well as the shore directly opposite Quebec. At “The Landing Place” (to the left on the Quebec side), Wolfe’s soldiers climbed the heights to a position behind the French during the night of September 12–13, thus forcing Montcalm to leave the city and do battle on the Plains of Abraham. Titles of two inset maps: "Part of the Upper River of St. Laurence" and "A View of the Action Gained by the English Sepr. 13, 1759 near Quebec.", Virtually identical map to WKM-J-242 published in Royal Magazine, also in December 1759, with minor differences between the two. This map is slightly more elaborate, but the most prominent differences are the alternate positions of the explanatory legend with the cartouche, and a scale that is ~25% larger. The scale bar is in English miles, and there is no graticule; the scale was calculated from the scale bar, and the coordinates were obtained via georeferencing.
BAYE STE. ANNE ou LE PORT DAUPHIN dans l'Isle Royale
BAYE STE. ANNE ou LE PORT DAUPHIN dans l'Isle Royale
Includes a legend of notable locations and buildings. Prominent on the map is a label for Isle de Verderonne or Isle d'Orleans which became Boularderie Island., Outside the neat lines upper right: Tome I, No. 25. Bottom center, outside the neat lines is a reference to also see "Carte de l'Isle Royale No. 22". Scale in common leagues (1 common league = 4,452 meters).
BIRD'S EYE VIEW of ANNAPOLIS ROYAL & GRANVILLE, NOVA SCOTIA, 1878
BIRD'S EYE VIEW of ANNAPOLIS ROYAL & GRANVILLE, NOVA SCOTIA, 1878
While T. M. Fowler is well known for his panoramic or maps views of Pennsylvania and north eastern United States cities and towns, producing over 400 of them, he only did a handful of Canadian views, 3 of which were Nova Scotian.

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