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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PLAN of the City of HAVANAH
PLAN of the City of HAVANAH
Includes a legend below the map indicating significant locations along with a short description., Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of Graticule and information on the map. There is a scale bar on the bottom of the map in English Miles.
PLAN of the FORT of BANGALORE from SIGHTS, without Measurement
PLAN of the FORT of BANGALORE from SIGHTS, without Measurement
A engraving of the fort at Bangalore made without measurement describing defenses at the time of Lord Cornwallis' attack. In the late 18th century, the Muslim rulers Haidar Ali (r.1761-1782) and his son Tipu Sultan (r.1782-1799) fought numerous wars against the British over the control of Southern India. The fort at Bangalore was originally built out of mud by the founder of the city and Hindu ruler Kempe Gowda in the early 16th century and was reconstructed in stone by Haidar Ali in 1761. It was built in an unusual oval shape with eight gates, only one of which survives today. Bangalore fort was captured by Lord Cornwallis and his army on 21 March 1791., No scale bar, graticule, or other metric is present to derive scale calculations. An estimate of it being 1 mile in perimeter comes from Sandes, Lt Col E.W.C. (1933). The Military Engineer in India, Vol I. Chatham: The Institution of Royal Engineers. pp. 163–165, describing it as a final place of refuge once the Pettah, or town/city area, had been overtaken, and was a common plan found in Indian towns at the time; the plan has been loosely georeferenced using this as a guideline, and the scale was roughly estimated in same manner. The coordinates were obtained via georeferencing.
PLAN of the HARBOUR of OMOA, By Capt. J. S. Speer, Lat'de 15°. 50'. N. Long. 89. 50. W. [on sheet with] PLAN of the Fortification now erecting at OMOA
PLAN of the HARBOUR of OMOA, By Capt. J. S. Speer, Lat'de 15°. 50'. N. Long. 89. 50. W. [on sheet with] PLAN of the Fortification now erecting at OMOA
A British map of Spanish controlled Omoa Harbour and of the construction of Fortaleza de San Fernando de Omoa, located on the northern coast of present day Honduras and made a short time before the Battle of San Fernando de Omoa., Scale bar in fathoms (distance, assumed 1.7 m) for Map 1 and toise (assumed 1.949 m) in Map 2. Longitude written on the map when converted to decimal degrees is approximately 1.79° West of WGS coordinates, matching with no known prime meridians. Coordinates derived from georeferenced image.
PLAN of the NEW TOWN of HALIFAX in NOVA SCOTIA
PLAN of the NEW TOWN of HALIFAX in NOVA SCOTIA
This plan of Halifax, published just 4 months after its founding, allows you to see what was planned for the city. Those familiar with the city can readily see the differences in the plan versus the reality. It is interesting that it shows none of the surrounding wilderness.
PLAN of the Redoubt and Intrenchment on the Heights of Charles-Town (commonly called Bunker's Hill), opposite Boston, in New-England, attacked and carried by his Majesty's Troops, June 17, 1775
PLAN of the Redoubt and Intrenchment on the Heights of Charles-Town (commonly called Bunker's Hill), opposite Boston, in New-England, attacked and carried by his Majesty's Troops, June 17, 1775
An English plan of the American's entrenchments of Breed's Hill at the Battle of Bunker Hill during the Revolutionary War. The plan is a woodcut. Text below the plan in the volume describes placement of trees at angles and details placement of troops at flanks and parapets. The text includes additional new on the American Revolution including: a letter intercepted by the British from Johan Adams to Abigail Adams showing his frustration with Congress, British letters published from George Washington to General Gage, signed petitions, and other intercepted letters., Coordinates derived via georeferencing in a loose approximation; the scale was calculated from the map's scale bar.
PLAN of the SOLWAY MOSS, Decribed in the Gent. Mag. for June, p.265
PLAN of the SOLWAY MOSS, Decribed in the Gent. Mag. for June, p.265
A large scale plan drawn by eye of the Solway Moss including a raised bog near Longtown, Cumbria, England made to accompany the author's description of its 'eruption' that occurred in 1771. Compare with A PLAN OF SOLWAY MOSS, in CUMBERLAND from 1779. Map etchings include the Gratney House in bottom left corner, several small houses and one large tree central in the Moss. There is descriptive text on pages 265-66 of the magazine from John Walker of Moffat.
PLAN of the TOWN and FORTIFICATIONS of HAVRE DE GRACE
PLAN of the TOWN and FORTIFICATIONS of HAVRE DE GRACE
A plan of the town of present day Le Havre, France. An 8 point compass rose helps marine navigation at the mouth of the harbour. Important buildings and facilities of France's 2nd most important port are described in the legend. Sandy beaches and other terrains are symbolized using differing patterns. accompanying text begins on page 30., Extensive changes to the port over time have made georeferencing difficult; the plan does not have a graticule, thus the coordinates are obtained via loose georeferencing. Difficult to reconcile representative fraction scale derived from scale bar (1 fathom = 6 feet) against real-world features for georeferencing.
PLAN of the Town and FORTIFICATIONS of MONTREAL or VILLE MARIE in CANADA
PLAN of the Town and FORTIFICATIONS of MONTREAL or VILLE MARIE in CANADA
Print shows map "Plan of the town & fortifications of Montreal or ville Marie in Canada" on the Saint Lawrence River, with insert of the gardens. A stoney cartouche etched to resemble stones, cliffs, foliage, and rapids upstream at Lachine. The Sulpician seminary and Notre-Dame Basilica are present, along with their gardens. The city walls are shown, and feathered arrows give the direction of the river's current. Oriented with north to the upper right. Shows buildings and fortifications. Of interest is the small island about 100 off the coast; originally known as Market Gate Island, then later as Oyster Island, it was linked to the mainland by a jetty in 1834 and from there gradually incorporated into the city. What is assumed to be an inset map of Monsieur Linieres' gardens may possibly be a walled enclosure. An alpha-numeric key is etched in upper left corner., There are two scale bars - one in French toises and the other in English yards, from which the scale was calculated, and there is no graticule present. The coordinates were obtained via georeferencing.
PLAN of the Town of PORTO BELLO
PLAN of the Town of PORTO BELLO
Accompanied by a legend below the map indicating fortifications and battle positions of ships during the 1739 battle between the English naval forces and Spanish defenders and represented an early victory for the English in the War of Austrian Succession. The depiction of some ships in the harbor have curious dustcloud-like illustrations., Map reads with Southwest facing to the top of the map. Scale bar is in English miles. Map was georeferenced with data aquired from USGS's Earth Explorer. Prime meridian is unknown, due to lack of graticule and information on the map.
POLAND
POLAND
Pictorial symbols represent forests and mountains. The map scale in English Miles and uses Ferro Meridian.
PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA (Island of Cape Breton) [Sheet No. 10]
PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA (Island of Cape Breton) [Sheet No. 10]
There are notes on the map referring to Geological Survey reports. These reports were produced periodically as "Report of Progress". While the maps were issued on their own, they were also appended to these Reports. This map is referred to in other Geological Survey documents as the "Englishtown Sheet"., Notes outside the neat lines: "Compiled and drawn by Hugh Fletcher, from Plans made by the Admiralty, the Department of Crown Lands, Nova Scotia, and the Geological Survey" ; "To illustrate Reports by Hugh Fletcher, 1879 to 1884".
PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA (Island of Cape Breton) [Sheet No. 11]
PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA (Island of Cape Breton) [Sheet No. 11]
There are notes on the map refering to Geological Survey reports. These reports were produced periodically as "Report of Progress". While the maps were issued on their own, they were also appended to these Reports. This map is referred to in other Geological Survey documents as the "Margaree Sheet"., Notes outside the neat lines: "Compiled and drawn by Hugh Fletcher, from Plans made by the Admiralty, the Department of Crown Lands, Nova Scotia, and the Geological Survey" ; "To illustrate Reports by Hugh Fletcher, 1879 to 1884".
PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA (Island of Cape Breton) [Sheet No. 12]
PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA (Island of Cape Breton) [Sheet No. 12]
There are notes on the map refering to Geological Survey reports. These reports were produced periodically as "Report of Progress". While the maps were issued on their own, they were also appended to these Reports. This map is referred to in other Geological Survey documents as the "Baddeck Sheet"., Notes outside the neat lines: "Compiled and drawn by Hugh Fletcher, from Plans made by the Admiralty, the Department of Crown Lands, Nova Scotia, and the Geological Survey" ; "To illustrate Reports by Hugh Fletcher, 1879 to 1884".
PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA (Island of Cape Breton) [Sheet No. 13]
PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA (Island of Cape Breton) [Sheet No. 13]
There are notes on the map refering to Geological Survey reports. These reports were produced periodically as "Report of Progress". While the maps were issued on their own, they were also appended to these Reports. This map is referred to in other Geological Survey documents as the "Middle River Sheet"., Notes outside the neat lines: "Compiled and drawn by Hugh Fletcher, from Plans made by the Admiralty, the Department of Crown Lands, Nova Scotia, and the Geological Survey" ; "To illustrate Reports by Hugh Fletcher, 1879 to 1884".

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