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.
- [Great Britain & France, Eclipse Path]
- Map detailing the path of lunar eclipse in France and England. No landmarks are noted but several cities are indicated. Other countries noted are: Norway, Scotland, and Ireland. Shaded areas indicate radius of lunar eclipse., Map of the UK. Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of graticule and information. There is no scale bar on the map, scale was determined by measuring the Length of England. Map reads with North facing to the top of the map.
- [ISLE OF SABLE]
- The work of J. F. W. DesBarres, especially the "Atlantic Neptune", was a significant part of Walter's research and interest. The Collection includes 59 charts, views and elevations from the 4 volume set, most from the Sea Coast of Nova Scotia volume., Scale bars in statute and nautical miles.
- [Lower Brittany, Bay of Biscay]
- There are coastal views included for several points of interest., Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule. There is one scale bar on the map, represented in leagues.
- [North America, Georgia, Sea Islands]
- This map is small inset map on a page from the Gentleman's Magazine and is an addendum to An Accurate Map of the West Indies from the 1740 volume., Map of Sapola Island and other small islands off the coast of Georgia and Florida, U.S. Today they are referred to collectively as the Sea Islands.
- [North America, Louisiana, Virginia & Carolina]
- Untitled map detailing land features of Lousiana, Virginia, Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Of note: also indicated are several lands of the Indigenous peoples - Country of the Kanoatinos, Ceuis, Pavis, Padoucas, Ougawas, Sious, and Caomtas Nation. Map extends to the Gulf of Mexico in the south to Lake Huron and Lake Michigan in the north. Niagara Fall is noted between Lake Erie and Lake Ontario., Map of the Majority of the East coast of America. Prime Meridian is London. There is one scale bar on the map, represented in British Miles. Map reads with North facing to the top of the map. Found that the Southern Features on the map, such as Florida and Lousianna, ect. are a little distorted.
- a Map of ZAARA NEGROE-LAND GUINEA &c. [on sheet with] BARBARY and BILDULGERID
- The top map is of the northern Africa area of Barbary and Bildulgerid. The bottom map is of western Africa, covering the Sahara Desert and Guinea, with an inset map of the isles of Cape Verde., Map scales for the top and inset maps are in Degrees; no map scale is provided for the main map. The map uses the Ferro Meridian.