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 New MAP of ENGLAND and WALES
A New MAP of ENGLAND and WALES
Large detailed map of England and Wales detailing every hamlet, village, town, and city including rivers, roadways, coast lines, and channels. Scotland's coastline is to the nore, Greeland's coastline is to the west and a small portion of Frances coastline is at the bottom right. The cartouche is incredibly elaborate with waterfalls, scrools, clusters of grapes, bees and a hive, a sleeping dog, a full cornicopia, and an urn., Map of England. Prime Meridian is London. Legend in the top Left of the map. One scale bar in English Miles. Map reads with North facing to the top of the Map.
A New MAP of the SEAT of WAR on the COAST of MALABAR & COROMANDEL, in the EMPIRE of the GREAT MOGOL. Drawn from the Best Authorities
A New MAP of the SEAT of WAR on the COAST of MALABAR & COROMANDEL, in the EMPIRE of the GREAT MOGOL. Drawn from the Best Authorities
This copper engraved map locates major towns, rivers and mountain ranges. It extends from the Indus River to Tibet, the Kingdom of Asam in the east, and includes Sri Lanka. Finely engraved with a decorative rococo-style title cartouche. The map details Indian Subcontinent and Sri Lanka (Ceylon) after the ousting of the French by the British in 1761 showing prominent settlements, rivers, and relief of known areas. The former French capital Pondicherry is prominent to the south of Madras. There were four maps in this series., There is no scale bar, and the London is used for the prime meridian; both coordinates and scale were calculated using the map's graticule.
A New Map of MAINE
A New Map of MAINE
Includes a list of Counties and Towns of Maine with their populations along with a table of the state population from 1765-1850., Washington, DC is used as the prime meridian. Bottom left, outside the neat lines: "Entered according to act of Congress, in the year 1850, by Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co. in the Clerk's office of the District court of the Eastern Dictrict of Pennsylvania".
A New and ACCURATE MAP of TURKEY IN EUROPE Drawn from the BEST AUTHORITIES and Engrav'd for the Supplement to the Gent. Mag 1770
A New and ACCURATE MAP of TURKEY IN EUROPE Drawn from the BEST AUTHORITIES and Engrav'd for the Supplement to the Gent. Mag 1770
Map of Ottoman Empire in 1770 showing the area from the Ionian Sea to the Black Sea and includes Bosnia, Serbia, Macedonia, Greece, Transylvania, and part of Hungary., Map of Turkey, Europe. Prime meridian is based in Ferro. There are two scale bars on the map, one in British Miles, the other in German Miles. Map reads with North facing to the top of the map.
A New and Accurate MAP of the ELECTORATE of HANOVER, of the KING of GREAT BRITAIN's Dominions in GERMANY
A New and Accurate MAP of the ELECTORATE of HANOVER, of the KING of GREAT BRITAIN's Dominions in GERMANY
A colour washed map of George II's Hanoverean territories during the 7 Years War. Border declination is done through broken lines, and colouring is used for different territories; the orange lines over top the broken ones are used for borders within the King's territory., No scale bar is present on the map, and the map uses London for its prime meridian. The scale and coordinates were calculated using the map's graticule.
A New and Accurate MAP of the KINGDOMS of SPAIN, PORTUGAL, and Part of FRANCE; the Islands of MAJORCA, MINORCA, &c.
A New and Accurate MAP of the KINGDOMS of SPAIN, PORTUGAL, and Part of FRANCE; the Islands of MAJORCA, MINORCA, &c.
A colour washed map of the Iberian Peninsula and surrounding countries and waters engraved by R.W. Seale. A 16 point compass rose with 32 emanating rhumb lines show bearings throughout the Bay of Biscay and to the south of the important British naval base located in Minorca in the Mediterranean obtained after the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713. The colouration of the maps is used to differentiate some political borders, despite the noticeable absence of colour for Spain and the northern coast of Africa; care should be taken not to confuse the island of Minorca or Gibraltar as a German territories. Among the several interesting spellings of place names is Tennis for Tunis. The map title is enclosed within a heavy scroll styled cartouche.
A New and Accurate Map of the EMPIRE of GERMANY, including the Kingdom of PRUSSIA, from the latest and best Discoveries
A New and Accurate Map of the EMPIRE of GERMANY, including the Kingdom of PRUSSIA, from the latest and best Discoveries
A map Germany as a major stage of the Seven Years War. Borders are delineated by broken lines and a washed colouring scheme that does not seem to denote political affiliations. Relief and water features are shown along with woodland generalized as individual trees., No scale bar is present on the map, and London is used for the prime meridian. Both the scale and coordinates were calculated using the map's graticule.
A New and Accurate Map of the Isles of GUADALOUPE, MARIE-GALANTE &c. from the Best Authorities
A New and Accurate Map of the Isles of GUADALOUPE, MARIE-GALANTE &c. from the Best Authorities
Map of Guadeloupe Island showing adjacent islands of Marie-Galante, Da Destrade, and The saints. Channels are marked as are three rump or loxodrome lines., Map of Guadeloupe Island, located in the Caribbean. Prime Meridian is based in London. Map reads with North facing to the top of the map. Rumb lines throughout the map.
A New and Accurate PLAN of the CITIES of LONDON AND… (part of map missing according to Jolly)
A New and Accurate PLAN of the CITIES of LONDON AND… (part of map missing according to Jolly)
Map detailed landmarks, streets, bridges, and surrounding area. Extends from Hydle Park to Limeshouse, and from Islington to Lambeth. Palaces, hospitals, squares and courts are marked., Map of downtown London, UK. Although this is map has it's own Repository number, there is an apparently part B of the map. The Prime Meridian is unknown, due to lack of graticule and information. There is no scale bar on the map, so the map was referenced by measuring from the East side of the Westminster Bridge to the Summer House. The map reads with North facing to the top of the map. The map was georeferenced with Data acquired from USGS's Earth Explorer.
A New and Compleat MAP of the AISTRIAND, FRENCH & DUTCH NETHERLANDS, commonly call'd FLANDERS; from the latest Improvements
A New and Compleat MAP of the AISTRIAND, FRENCH & DUTCH NETHERLANDS, commonly call'd FLANDERS; from the latest Improvements
A map of the historical territory of Flanders. A legend for the map's washed colouring is present in the bottom left corner. The elaborate scroll motif frames the work's title., There is no scale bar, and London is used as the prime meridian; both coordinates and scale were calculated using the map's graticule.
A New and Compleat MAP of the PARTS of SWEDEN, RUSSIA, GERMANY, POLAND, and DENMARK; bordering on the BALTICK SEA: Exhibiting the Present Seat of War between those several Powers
A New and Compleat MAP of the PARTS of SWEDEN, RUSSIA, GERMANY, POLAND, and DENMARK; bordering on the BALTICK SEA: Exhibiting the Present Seat of War between those several Powers
A wash coloured map of the area around the Baltic Sea showing political territories during the Seven Years War, around the time of the Raid on Berlin. Delineation of borders is done primarily via colouring; relief and woodland are represented. Two compass roses show rhumb lines for marine navigation throughout the Baltic all the way to the mouth of the Neva and Saint Petersburg. A classic scroll cartouche frames the map title., There is no scale bar present on the map, and London is used for the prime meridian; the scale and coordinates were calculated using the map's graticule.
A New and Correct PLAN of the TOWN of BOSTON
A New and Correct PLAN of the TOWN of BOSTON
Typical example of late 18th century British journalistic cartography. Using pictorial symbols it shows Charlestown in ruins, following the British burning of the town during the battle. The main focus of the map is Boston occupied by the British emphasizing fortifications. Plan pictorial relief details streets, trees, hillocks, various wharfs, the Charles River including etching of several buildings at the "Charle's Town in Ruins" at topmost part of plan. The 'Boston Neck' in the southwestern corner no longer exists in the present due to the extensive changes to the coastline of the area that have taken place since the map's creation., English large scale town plan of Boston showing fortifications made during the American Revolutionary War.
A New and accurate MAP of CORMANDEL, MALABAR, BENGAL &c. exhibiting the Principal European Settlements in the EAST INDIES
A New and accurate MAP of CORMANDEL, MALABAR, BENGAL &c. exhibiting the Principal European Settlements in the EAST INDIES
A map of the southern Indian subcontinent and part of Sri Lanka for Hinton's Universal Magazine. Colour washed according to nationality. The subcontinent was little explored at the time, and it is difficult to trace the origin of many of the place names present, but some may derive from the text 'Travels of Pietro Della Valle in India' from 1664. 2 compass roses adorn the map to aid in practical marine navigation., The map claims to use London for its prime meridian, but features are generally ~6° to the west of the map's published coordinates, closer to Lizard Point than the London meridian but is understandable due to the technological limits of the day. Coordinates are thus given from both the map's graticule and from georefencing; no scale bar is present therefore it was obtained via georeferencing as well.

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