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 and accurate MAP of the PARTS of ENGLAND, SCOTLAND & IRELAND, bordering on ST. GEORGE'S CHANNEL, &c.
A New and accurate MAP of the PARTS of ENGLAND, SCOTLAND & IRELAND, bordering on ST. GEORGE'S CHANNEL, &c.
Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England and the Isle of Man are all shown in washed colours. Colour key on page 49 on volume. Town compass roses adorn the map to show the navigation in St. George's Channel and the Irish Sea. A seashell and floral cartouche frames the map's title, with a bearded man in the bottom-centre. The coastlines are buffered by dark hatcing to help the figure-ground distinction., Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England, and the Isle of Man are all differentiated by colour. Two compass roses adorn the map to show navigation in St. George's Channel and the Irish Sea. A seashell and floral cartouche frames the map's title, with a bearded man in the bottom-centre. The coastlines are buffered by dark hatching to help the figure-ground distinction. No scale bar is present on the map, and the graticule uses London for its prime meridian.
A New and accurate MAP of the PROVINCE of NOVA SCOTIA, in NORTH AMERICA; from the latest Observations
A New and accurate MAP of the PROVINCE of NOVA SCOTIA, in NORTH AMERICA; from the latest Observations
Shows named harbours and inlets., No scale bar or representative fraction. The scale was calculated by using the distance between lines of latitude and rounded to the nearest 100,000. Prime Meridian is the Ferro Meridian.
A New and accurate MAP of the South-west Part of GERMANY, comprehending the CIRCLES of UPPER and LOWER RHINE, SWABIA, FRANCONIA, BURGUNDY, LORRAIN, and COUNTRIES adjacent: Exhibiting the Present Seat of War
A New and accurate MAP of the South-west Part of GERMANY, comprehending the CIRCLES of UPPER and LOWER RHINE, SWABIA, FRANCONIA, BURGUNDY, LORRAIN, and COUNTRIES adjacent: Exhibiting the Present Seat of War
A map of German nations during the 7 Years War. Delineation of borders is done through colouring and broken lines; borders are products of political divisions within the Holy Roman Empire at that time., The scale bar is in English miles, and London is used for the prime meridian. The coordinates and scale were calculated from the graticule and scale bar.
A PERSPECTIVE VIEW OF LAKE GEORGE [on sheet with] Plan of Ticonderoga
A PERSPECTIVE VIEW OF LAKE GEORGE [on sheet with] Plan of Ticonderoga
Includes keys to places of interest regarding the French and Indian War. Copper engraving. One of a set of maps relating to the Battles at Ticonderogo and Quebes at the end of the French and Indian War. This plan of the area surrounding Fort Ticonderoga includes a lettered legend to key locations of the British army's movements. Above the plan is a view of Lake George showing the fort and munitions piles in the foreground, with two gunboats anchored near the shore. A view of what is assumed to be the north shore of Lake George viewed from the settlement of Ticonderoga and a plan of the area connecting Lake George to Lake Champlain, including the prominent fort guarding passage at the confluence, detailing the battle between the English and French. On July 26-27, 1759, General Sir Jeffrey Amherst led a British military force to high ground overlooking Fort Ticonderoga, which was defended by Frenchmen under the command of Brigadier General François-Charles de Bourlamaque. As the French were grossly out-manned by the British, de Bourlamaque decided to withdraw his forces rather than defend the fort. In their retreat, the French forces attempted to blow up the fort, but succeeded only in destroying the fort's powder magazine. After the fall of Quebec on September 13, Montreal was the sole remaining French power center in Canada. General Amherst began a three-pronged offensive converging on Montreal the following spring. When Vaudreuil de Cavagnal surrendered on September 8, 1760, this ended the last major campaign of the French and Indian War., No scale bar or graticule is present for the plan; the scale and coordinates were obtained via georeferencing.
A PHYSICAL PLANISPHERE wherein are represented all the known LANDS and SEAS w'th the Great Chains of Mountains w'ch traverse the GLOBE from the NORTH POLE
A PHYSICAL PLANISPHERE wherein are represented all the known LANDS and SEAS w'th the Great Chains of Mountains w'ch traverse the GLOBE from the NORTH POLE
Elaborate map of the world represented on an unusual polar projection rendered from the North Pole. The map covers from the North Pole Arctic region south beyond Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) to include parts of New Zealand and even Cap de la Circoncision (Bouvet Island). Map's delineation of physical geography supports the theory that Earth's great river basins are defined by major mountain ranges many of which extend beneath the oceans. The map covers from the North Pole Arctic region south beyond Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) to include parts of New Zealand and even Cap de la Circoncision (Bouvet Island). Map includes elements of pre-Cook notions of world geography. See uncertain mapping of eastern Australia connecting to New Guinea and smaller Melanesian islands. Map includes inland sea called Sea of the West or Mer de L'Ouest., Map is a Map of the North Pole, and the entire globe. Corner Coordinates were not recorded, as to where the projection is that of a full circle. Prime meridian was difficult to determine, I would say the closest is Ferro meridian, but it's not exactly on.
A PLAN OF BRIDGE TOWN, in the ISLAND of BARBADOES
A PLAN OF BRIDGE TOWN, in the ISLAND of BARBADOES
Detailed plan of Bridgetown, Barbados. Depiction of Church yard, The Swamp, Willoughby Fort, Kames Fort, and Magazine. The unshaded area was destroyed by fire in May 1766. Coastline shows Cox's Bay and Fisherman's Dock., Map of Bridgetown, located on the island of Barbados. Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule. Map reads with North facing to the top of the map. There is one scale bar located on the bottom right hand side of the map, represented in Yards.
A PLAN OF LONDON AND WESTMINSTER SHEWING THE FORTS ERECTED BY ORDER OF THE PARLIAMENT IN 1643 & THE DESOLATION BY THE FIRE IN 1666
A PLAN OF LONDON AND WESTMINSTER SHEWING THE FORTS ERECTED BY ORDER OF THE PARLIAMENT IN 1643 & THE DESOLATION BY THE FIRE IN 1666
Retrospective map showing a plan of London and Westminster showing the 1643 defenses and the area destroyed by the Great Fire. Noted are the 23 forts shown and 18 miles of ramparts build to protect the city from attacks by Charles 1 and 15,000 Royalist troops. Accompanying text in the volume listed forts keyed numerically on map 1 - 23. Also in the text on page facing the map is a reference list to the alpha key referencing gates, tower hills, the Tower, and other important landmarks., Map of downtown London, United Kingdom. Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of graticule. Map reads with North facing to the top of the map. Scale was determined by measuring from the bottom of the river bend on the far right side, to the bottom of the river bend on the left side of the map. There is a grid of some sort, but its labeled with letters oppose to numbers.
A PLAN OF MAESTRICHT, with the Adjacent Villages where the Battle was fought June 21
A PLAN OF MAESTRICHT, with the Adjacent Villages where the Battle was fought June 21
Details map of the fortifications at Maastricht, Netherlands built by the Spanish and Dutch. The French conquered the city during the War of Austrian Succession. Later in 1815, this region became part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands. Map topography indicated villages by etching churches in those locations., Map of the city of Maastricht, found in the Netherlands. Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule on the map. There are 3 scale bars, one in English Miles, German Miles and Dutch Mile. Map reads with North reading to the top of the map
A PLAN OF SOLWAY MOSS, in CUMBERLAND
A PLAN OF SOLWAY MOSS, in CUMBERLAND
A map of the Solway Moss, a raised bog near Longtown, Cumbria, England made to accompany the author's description of its 'eruption' that occurred in 1771. Notice the ornate cartouch on this map of Solway Moss, a lowland peat bog, in Cumbria, near the Scottish border. In November 1542 it was the site of the Battle of Solway Moss, between Scotland and England. Solway Moss is now part of Carlisle district., Compare with WKM-J-185, along with the more detailed colour drawings done by John Ainslie in 1772.
A PLAN OF THE CITY OF EDINBURGH
A PLAN OF THE CITY OF EDINBURGH
There is a legend on the bottom indicating important places on the map., Scale was determined by measuring the distance from the Castle to Holy Rood House (Gardens). Map reads with North facing to the top left corner of the map.
A PLAN OF THE HARBOUR OF CHEBUCTO AND TOWN OF HALIFAX
A PLAN OF THE HARBOUR OF CHEBUCTO AND TOWN OF HALIFAX
Includes engravings of the Ensign of Nova Scotia along with other Coats of Arms, two butterflies, the musk beetle and a rather large, fierce looking porcupine. With the map in reading position, west is at the top., Research has indicated that either Thomas Jefferys or Moses Harris engraved this plan of Halifax. The presence of entomological drawings and of the initials MH amongst the vegetation to the left of the Bedford basin strongly suggests Harris as the engraver; the Dictionary of National Biography notes "he was a clever practical entomologist as well as an accurate artist, who drew, engraved, and coloured all his own works". While both did engravings for Gentleman's Magazine, it is documented that Harris was in Halifax at this time period.
A PLAN of FORT LOUIS
A PLAN of FORT LOUIS
A plan of the fortifications and city of Fort Louis, France, located on what used to be a very strategically important island on the Rhine. A key A-N, 4-17 explained on page 351. The exact location of the Fort for georeferencing within a GIS is unknown due to changes in the river from canalisation projects; therefore the coordinates and scale are only estimates. Fields are shown with stippling, trees are shown pictorially, and shorelines concentrically along with some stippling. The caption at the bottom describes the location of the fortress in relation to populated areas in the region, although it is approximately 31 km upriver of Strasbourg., No scale bar or graticule are present on the map; coordinates and scale were obtained via georeferencing.
A PLAN of QUEBEC
A PLAN of QUEBEC
Insets: The Port and Environs of Quebec as it was when attack'd by the English; A Draught of the River St. Laurence. There is a detailed written description of Quebec, including its history., Scale of the main map is in yards and for the Quebec inset it is in toises (1 toises = 6 feet); there is no graticule present.
A PLAN of St. Philip's Castle, in the Island of Minorca
A PLAN of St. Philip's Castle, in the Island of Minorca
A large scale woodcut (somewhat larger than usual) plan of St. Phillip's Castle (Castell de Sant Felip) guarding the strategically important harbour at Minorca before its famous loss to the French in 1756. On the 29th April 1756, a French force under the command of the Duke de Richelieu landed on the island and besieged the British garrison at St. Philip's Castle, forcing them to surrender after a lengthy siege. A British relief force under Admiral John Byng sailed with the purpose of saving the island, but after the naval Battle of Minorca Byng withdrew to Gibraltar, and the resistance of the garrison finally collapsed. Byng was later blamed for the loss of Minorca, and executed by firing squad. The accompanying legend on page 281 describes the forts features; counter-guards, ravelins, and lunettes are all features of Vauban style fortifications that were common at the time. An impressive amount of detailed linework used to convey the structure of the castle and environs, No scale bar or graticule are present; coordinates and scale were obtained via georeferencing. The dimensions of the plan are quite accurate, and georeference very well.
A PLAN of the BATTLE of DETTINGEN
A PLAN of the BATTLE of DETTINGEN
A plan recounting the Battle of Dettigen on the River Main (present day Karlstein am Main, Germany) that took place in June, 1743 between British, Havoverian, and Hessian forces against the French. This battle was the last time a British monarch personally led their forces during battle., No scale bar or graticule are present on the plan; coordinates and scale were obtained via georeferencing.

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