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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SUSSEX, Drawn from an Actual SURVEY by R. W. Seale
SUSSEX, Drawn from an Actual SURVEY by R. W. Seale
A map of the county of Sussex, divided into the six rapes and noted by an alpha-key at top center of map. A rape is a traditional territorial sub-division of the county of Sussex in England, formerly used for various administrative purposes. An explanatory legend sits below the mainlaind noting towns, parish churches, castles, roads, water mills, and parks with accompanying pictorial etchings. The arms of Chichester in the top right depicting a crenelation battlement and royal robes. The Cartouche around the crest is both scroll motif and tall vegetation such as cattails and bullrushes. A scroll motif cartouche frames the work's title, mark of responsibility, and publishing details. Details concerning parliamentary representation are shown., The scale bar is in English miles, and the graticule uses London for its prime meridian; the scale was calculated from the the scale bar and the coordinates from the map's graticule.
TABULA APHRICAE I
TABULA APHRICAE I
This map appears in another example of the several translations of Ptolemy's Geography. This one, in Latin, was a translation directly from the Greek done by Pirckheimer and revised by Giuseppe Moleti. Stevens (pg. 51) notes that the maps in this version are identical to the maps in the Italian 1561 edition, also published by Vincenzo Valgrisi. Includes the verso and the original sellers information.
TABULA APHRICAE II
TABULA APHRICAE II
This map appears in another example of the several translations of Ptolemy's Geography. This one, in Latin, was a translation directly from the Greek done by Pirckheimer and revised by Giuseppe Moleti. Stevens (pg. 51) notes that the maps in this version are identical to the maps in the Italian 1561 edition, also published by Vincenzo Valgrisi.
THE BRITISH COLONIES in NORTH AMERICA from the best AUTHORITIES
THE BRITISH COLONIES in NORTH AMERICA from the best AUTHORITIES
The map includes numerous notations giving the reader some historical and environmental context. Examples of these are: "The climate of this land is a great deal more temperate than Hudsons Bay" for an area in western Ontario north of the Lake of the Woods and "Christian Sea discovered by Jn Monk in 1619" on Baffin Bay.
THE BRITISH GOVERNMENTS in N'TH AMERICA Laid down agreeable to the PROCLAMATION of Oct. 7. 1763
THE BRITISH GOVERNMENTS in N'TH AMERICA Laid down agreeable to the PROCLAMATION of Oct. 7. 1763
Important map illustrating the new boundaries established at the end of the French and Indian War with England taking possession of the former French and Spanish Settlements in Canada and Florida. Map extends from the east coast of Newfoundland to East and West Florida, the Bahamas, and inland including the Great Lakes and French Louisiana. NOTE: boundary line indicating the limits of the Hudson's Bay Company, an etching of the fishing banks off Nova Scotia, and a large "Lands Reserved for the Indians" west of the Appalachians. Florida is divided into West and East indicating a territorial dispute with Spain from the ambiguities of the Louisiana Purchase. An inset map depicts Bermuda or Summer Islands. The King's Proclamation is published on page opposite this map in the Gentleman's Quarterly., Map of the East coast of North America, with an inset map of Bermuda Island. Prime Meridian is based in Ferro. Each map has it's own scale bar, both in Miles. Main map has Stateline's shown for the majority of the Eastern States. Main map reads with North Pointing North West.
THE MOGULS EMPIRE divided into its principal GOVERNMENTS
THE MOGULS EMPIRE divided into its principal GOVERNMENTS
Map includes India, Bangladesh, and area of China such as Great Tibet and the Ganges River. Several islands are depicted including Andaman and Nicobar. Regions named: Ceylon, Indostan, Bengal, Ganges, Tibet, Pitan, and the cities of Angra, Delly, Lahor, Dacca, and Hydrabad., Map of India. Prime meridian is determined to be Ferro. There is one scale bar on the map, represented in Leagues. Scale was determined by measuring between 5 degrees of longitude. Map reads with North facing to the top of the map.
The COAST of BRITANY Between St MALO's and CANCALE BAY. Where the English Army Landed June 1758
The COAST of BRITANY Between St MALO's and CANCALE BAY. Where the English Army Landed June 1758
Map of the Britany Coast beteen St. Malo's and Canale Bay indicating where the English Army landed in 1758 showing villages during the period of the Seven Years' War. Variant spelling "Britany", The coast of Britany, Located on the North West Coast of France. This map reads with North facing to the right of the map. The Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule. There is one scale bar on the map, represented in Leagues.
The CYCLOPӔDIA; OR, UNIVERSAL DICTIONARY OF Arts, Sciences, and Literature: PLATES, VOL. VI, ANCIENT AND MODERN ATLAS
The CYCLOPӔDIA; OR, UNIVERSAL DICTIONARY OF Arts, Sciences, and Literature: PLATES, VOL. VI, ANCIENT AND MODERN ATLAS
There were 39 volumes, plus 6 volumes of plates, to the Cyclopӕdia published as a set in 1819 and 1820, although it began as a serial in 1802. An index to the plates in the Atlas was included in volume 39. The 'modern' maps are distinctive as early examples where topographic relief is shown pictorially.
The Port of Callao, in the South Sea; with the Adjacent Islands, Rocks & Coasts, to the Windward and Leeward, and the Soundings in Fathoms: Drawn by Order of His Catholic Majesty
The Port of Callao, in the South Sea; with the Adjacent Islands, Rocks & Coasts, to the Windward and Leeward, and the Soundings in Fathoms: Drawn by Order of His Catholic Majesty
The coast of Peru from the Port of China to Tomocaya Point showing Callao near Limea and the Island of St. Lorenzo. Sea depth shown numerically in Spanish fathoms. Cartouche is elaborately detailed with etching of multi-sailed schooner, vegetation, and sepulcher., Map is of Callo Port, Located on the North West Coast of South America. Map has two scale bars on it, represented in Toise, the other in Spanish Fathoms. The map reads with North facing to the left of the Map.
The ROAD from LONDON to CAMBRIDGE, ELY & KINGS LYNN/ From OXFORD to CAMBRIDGE passing thro BUCKINGHAM & BEDFORD / ELY to BURY
The ROAD from LONDON to CAMBRIDGE, ELY & KINGS LYNN/ From OXFORD to CAMBRIDGE passing thro BUCKINGHAM & BEDFORD / ELY to BURY
Strip maps of roadway detailing city blocks, buildings, and crossroads from London to Cambridge, Ely, and Kings Lynn; from oxford to Cambridge; from Ely to Bury.Ten strip maps on one sheet. Buildings within cities and along the road are etched and several shires are noted., Map sheet consisting of three individual road maps, all found in the United Kingdom. Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticuel. Each map is orientated with North facing a different way. Scale was determined by measuring the length of the roads.
The ROAD from LONDON to FLAMBOROUGH HEAD, passing thro PETERBOROUGH, LINCOLN &c. commencing at Stilton in the YORK ROAD [on plate with] From LONDON to BOSTON commencing at Pekirk Column I [on plate with] From LINCOLN to BOSTON, see ye bottom
The ROAD from LONDON to FLAMBOROUGH HEAD, passing thro PETERBOROUGH, LINCOLN &c. commencing at Stilton in the YORK ROAD [on plate with] From LONDON to BOSTON commencing at Pekirk Column I [on plate with] From LINCOLN to BOSTON, see ye bottom
Strip maps of road detailing city blocks, buildings, and crossroads from London to Peterborough, Boston, and Lincoln. Eleven strip maps I plus plan of Yorkshire., Various Road maps located in the United Kingdom. There are four road maps on this one map sheet. All maps have North pointing in different directions. Scale was determined by measuring the distance of the roads. Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule.
The River St. John
The River St. John
Includes inset "The Entrance of the River St. John". The elliptical cartouche includes the following text and is typical of DesBarres' navigational notes when present: "The River St. John, has sufficient depth of Water for large Ships to the Falls. Whence it continues Navigable 80 miles up into the Country of Vessels of 100 Tons. At Fort Frederick, common Tides rise 18 feet perpendicular, and Equinoctial Spring Tides 25 Feet, above the Falls, it seldom flows more than 4 Feet. When the Tide has risen 12 Feet, at the Fort, the Falls are Smooth, after which during about 20 Minutes, they are passable. At times of great Freshets, which generally happen between the beginning of April, & the middle of May, from the melting of the Snow, the Falls are absolutely impassable, to Vessels bound up the River, as the Tide does not reach to their Level.", Imprint: Publish'd according to Act of Parliament, Feb'y 14, 1779, by J. F. W. DesBarres. Scale bars in statute and nautical miles.
The Roads, of TOULON, with the adjacent Country
The Roads, of TOULON, with the adjacent Country
Map of Toulon, France. The Scale was determined by measuring from Cape Capet to The Great Tower. Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule. Map reads with North Facing to the Bottom Right of the map.
The Seat of War in the Circle of Westphalia
The Seat of War in the Circle of Westphalia
Map detailing area of war stages in Netherlands with the Hague, Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Groningen. An account of the was in printed on page 331 of the journal., Map of the South Scandinavian countries. Two scale bars on the map, one in English Miles, the other in German Miles. The Prime Meridian is London. The map reads with north facing to the Top right of the map.

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