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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A MAP of the BRITISH and FRENCH SETTLEMENTS in NORTH AMERICA
A MAP of the BRITISH and FRENCH SETTLEMENTS in NORTH AMERICA
A hand-coloured map of British and French settlements in North America for Hinton's Universal Magazine. The map has unique horizontal colouration not following any specific region: however, the explanation provided in the text on page 145 and following state the colouration distinguishes several provinces. The uncoloured part of the map contains all the territories held by France. The text further explains ceded territories and treaties. The pricked line from Escondido in the Gulf of Mexico through New Hampshire an the Allegany mountains is what the French prescribe as the boundary of English settlements. Dotted lines appear to represent many features including fishing banks, possible borders, possible routes, and other features. The annotation for some forts have white masking. It is difficult to discern where the map states New France to be, although it is possible that it states all of the area west of Québec to belong to the French; South Carolina is split by Georgia; Port Toulouse in Cape Breton is shown before having its name later changed to St. Peter's; territories of various native tribes are written but not delineated; hachuring is used to show some relief, and the Allegheny subset of the Appalachian Mountains is annotated . The cartouche framing the title is exceedingly elaborate depicting a ship with mast and flag, baskets of flowers, many floral objects, a full second ship, many sails in the distance, trees, birds, and an urn. The inset shows a large scale plan of the French fort (Fort Saint-Frédéric) at Crown Point, New York, with a profile view of the tower., London is used for the prime meridian. No scale bar present on the map; the scale and coordinates were calculated using the map's graticule .
A MAP of the COUNTRY between CROWN POINT and FORT EDWARD
A MAP of the COUNTRY between CROWN POINT and FORT EDWARD
Map of Lake George showing various bays, points, and ponds. At tributaries depicted include Shone Creek, Hudson's River, and East Creek. Walking paths demarcated include Dieskan's Path and others unnamed., Map of Lake George, located in New York State. The Prime meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule. There is one scale bar on the map, in Miles. The map reads with North facing to the top of the map. There are swamp lands indicated throughout the map. Map was referenced with data acquired from USGS's Earth Explorer
A MAP of the Cape of GOOD HOPE & the Country adjacent
A MAP of the Cape of GOOD HOPE & the Country adjacent
Map of Cape Colony in the mid Eighteenth century. Of note: triangulation for measuring the arc of the meridian at Cape Town. Map illustrates an article on Nicolas-Louis de Lacaille's survey to determine the shape of the earth at the Cape of Good Hope. Interestingly, despite flawless calculations and precise measurements, his results indicated that Earth was pear-shaped, an error caused by failure to take into account the Newtonian gravitational effect of the Cape mountains on the plumb bob., Map of the Cape of Good Hope, Located on the Southern West Coast of Africa, Prime Meridian determined to be Paris. The map has one scale bar, represented in French Toise. There is a triangle on the map, not really sure what it depicts, a line of travel possibly.
A MAP of the Countries Adjacent to CARLISLE shewing the Route of the REBELS with their principal FORDS over ye R'r EDEN
A MAP of the Countries Adjacent to CARLISLE shewing the Route of the REBELS with their principal FORDS over ye R'r EDEN
Map of the route of the 2nd Jacobite Rebellion in the area surrounding Carlisle. There is a nice inset of Carlisle Castle in the bottom left corner, as well as a legend on the bottom of the map indicating important locations., The prime meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule. There is one scale bar on the map, represented in British Miles.
A MAP of the ISLAND of ORLEANS with the ENVIRONS of QUEBEC
A MAP of the ISLAND of ORLEANS with the ENVIRONS of QUEBEC
Map shows city and adjacent region including the Island of Orleans. This map was published within a month of the surrender of Quebec., A map of Isle of Orleans, Quebec. Scale bar is English miles. The prime meridian is unknown due to lack of graticule and information. The map reads with North facing to the top right corner of the map and was referenced with data aquired from USGS's Earth Explorer.
A MAP of the ISLAND of TOBAGO, Drawn from an Actual SURVEY, by Tho's Bowen, 1779
A MAP of the ISLAND of TOBAGO, Drawn from an Actual SURVEY, by Tho's Bowen, 1779
Detailed map of the Island of Tobago, showing Divisions (and the size of each Division by acres), towns, harbors, bays, points, islands, rivers and other details. An attractive, small map fully engraved with much detail on the island. The island is partitioned into seven divisions, each identifying the number of acres and estates. Near Rocky Bay is a notation about the location of King Roufsels People, referring to a small group of Amerindians, the remaining indigenous people of Tobago. Soundings and shoals marked in the harbors, and the map is oriented with a nice compass rose., This English map uses London for its prime meridian. It is oriented with North at the top. The scale and coordinates were calculated from the scale bar and map graticule.
A MAP of the Island of DOMINICA, taken from an actual Survey: Also Part of Martinico & Guadalupe shewing their true bearing & distance from each other, By Tho's Bowen
A MAP of the Island of DOMINICA, taken from an actual Survey: Also Part of Martinico & Guadalupe shewing their true bearing & distance from each other, By Tho's Bowen
An pictorial map of Dominica Island in the Caribbean Sea, and parts of modern day Martinique and Guadeloupe with two compass roses showing rhumb lines. Elaborate scroll cartouche., Coordinates and scale calculated from map graticule and scale bar.
A MAP of the KINGDOM of PORTUGAL
A MAP of the KINGDOM of PORTUGAL
Map detailing territories and regions of Portugal in 1962. Of note: Atlantic or Western Ocean and Extramaduras Leon, Bay of Cadiz, and part of Spain are detailed., Map of Portugal. Prime Meridian is based in London. Map reads with North facing to the top of the map. There is one scale bar on the map, represented in British Miles
A MAP of the MOUTHS of the GANGES in the BAY of BENGAL shewing the English Settlements lately Destroy'd by the Nabob of that Province
A MAP of the MOUTHS of the GANGES in the BAY of BENGAL shewing the English Settlements lately Destroy'd by the Nabob of that Province
"Shows not only the English settlements along the Ganges including Colicotta but also those of other Europeans – Shinshura (Shinsura) established by the Dutch and Shandernagor (Chandernagore) by the French etc. The Nabob referred to is Siraj ud-Daulah (1733 -1757), the last Nawab of Bengal before the province’s incorporation by the East India Company. The accompanying text in the Gentleman's Quarterly gives a detailed account of the areas development. Shows not only the English settlements along the Ganges including Colicotta but also those of other Europeans – Shinshura (Shinsura) established by the Dutch and Shandernagor (Chandernagore) by the French etc., A map of the North Coast of the Bay of Bangal, Located on the East coast of India. Prime Meridian is London. The Map reads with North facing to the top of the map. There are two scale bares on the map, One in English Miles, the other in English/French Leagues.
A MAP of the NEW CONTINENT according to its greatest diametrical Length from the River la Plata to beyond the Lake of the Assiniboils
A MAP of the NEW CONTINENT according to its greatest diametrical Length from the River la Plata to beyond the Lake of the Assiniboils
Map of North & South America, the Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule on the map. There is one scale bar in the bottom right corner, represented in degrees. North is facing the top right hand corner of the map.
A MAP of the New GOVERNMENTS, of EAST & WEST FLORIDA
A MAP of the New GOVERNMENTS, of EAST & WEST FLORIDA
Map of Florida after acquisition from Spain by Great Britain at end of French and Indian War divided into two Governments. Shows Indian villages, Fort Mobile, "la Balise Ft., Pensacola," "Old Town," and "New Town," rivers and inlets, anchorages, and soundings. Map shows the Florida peninsula as an archipelago. Left lower corner inset "Plan of the Harbour and Settlement of Pensacola" then the capital of West Florida., Map of Florida with a key map of Pensacola Harbour, located on the North coast of the Gulf of Mexico. The Prime Meridian for the main map is London. Each map has it's own Scale bar, represented in British Miles. Both maps read with North facing to the top of the Map. The inset map is a little distorted.
A MAP of the RHINE between WESEL & DUSELDORP Shewing the Country round Crevelt where the Battle was fought between the Allied & French Armies June 23 1758
A MAP of the RHINE between WESEL & DUSELDORP Shewing the Country round Crevelt where the Battle was fought between the Allied & French Armies June 23 1758
Map shows where the battle between the Allied and French armies was fought on June 23, 1758 along the Rhine River., Map of the Rhine river, located in central Germany. The Prime Meridian is London. One scale bar in English Miles. The map reads with North facing to the top of the map. Map was georeferenced with data acquired from USGS's Earth Explorer.
A MAP of the ROAD and COUNTY round TOULON
A MAP of the ROAD and COUNTY round TOULON
A plan of the port of Toulon, France, and surrounding land and waters post Vauban's build up of its fortifications and the creation of the causeway connecting l'Isle de Sépet to the mainland. The description of a 'camp of 1707' refers to Imperial Army of Sardinia and Savoy's siege of the town during the War of the Spanish Succession which was successfully resisted. The forts and redoubts that played prominent roles during the siege are shown, along with the hilly topography and a quite detailed coastline with sandy beaches omitted. Toulon itself is highly generalized, but the famous Tour Royale built under Louis XII is shown as the 'Great Tower'. The ocean is contrasted to the land through the use of tinting tools or engraver's rakes to create even parallel lines from coastlines to extents., No scale bar or gratiucle are present in the work; the scale and coordinates were obtained via georeferencing.
A MAP of the SEAT of WAR on the RHINE, and parts adjacent, in GERMANY
A MAP of the SEAT of WAR on the RHINE, and parts adjacent, in GERMANY
Map of regions of Germany including Franconia and Thuringia and the Rhine River. The map title includes an etching of a crowned eagle., Map of the greater part of Germany. Prime Meridian is London. There are two scale bars on the map, one in English Miles, the other in Germany Miles. Map reads with North facing to the top of the map.
A MAP of the SOUTH POLE, with the Track of his Majesty's Sloop Resolution in Search of a SOUTHERN CONTINENT
A MAP of the SOUTH POLE, with the Track of his Majesty's Sloop Resolution in Search of a SOUTHERN CONTINENT
Chart tracing Cook's search for the great southern continent, circling but not reaching Antarctica, with the southern portion of South American, the Cape of Good Hope, and New Zealand shown. Polar stereographic map showing Cook's progress on board the Resolution through the southern hemisphere. Along the vessel track are descriptions of discoveries along the way, including his calculated antipode of London to the SE of New Zealand. This volume includes the Declaration of Independence, published in August 1776., Scale and extentent derived via georeferencing.

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