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 Plan of Fort St. Philip and its Environs, with the French Emcampments, Batteries, &c.
A Plan of Fort St. Philip and its Environs, with the French Emcampments, Batteries, &c.
Detailed and decorative map of fortifications, walls, blockades, and water sources. Duke de Richelieu landed on the island and besieged the British garrison commonly known as the Fall of Minorca. Scale is 4 Furlongs or 1/2 mile. Of particular interest on this map are etchings of nine was ships off the coast. The references key complete with explanations of the fort are within the pages of the Gentleman's Quarterly specifically: Countergards, Ravelins, Lunettes, areas of attack, and places where supplies were received. The French Encampment is clearly marked., Map located just east of Spain. Map reads with North facing to the top left corner of the map. Prime Meridian is Unknown, due to lack of information on the map.
A Plan of the CITY & FORTIFICATIONS OF LOUISBOURG, from a Survey made by Richard Gridley, Lieut. Col. of the Train of Artillery in 1745
A Plan of the CITY & FORTIFICATIONS OF LOUISBOURG, from a Survey made by Richard Gridley, Lieut. Col. of the Train of Artillery in 1745
For those familiar with the history of Louisbourg, there is some irony in the date of publication of these maps. Appearing in the May 1758 issue of Universal Magazine they highlight the 1745 seige. On May 29, 1758 the British Navy left Halifax for what would be the final battle over Louisbourg. By the time this issue reached subscribers, the battle was probably well underway., Inset: A Map of GABARUS BAY, adjoining to Louisbourg, Although Jefferys name does not appear on these maps, they are almost identical to others known to have been engraved by him both before and after this was published. The cartouches are also typical of his style.
A Plan of the City & Harbour of LOUISBOURG; shewing that part of GABARUS BAY in which the English landed, also their Encampment during the Siege in 1745
A Plan of the City & Harbour of LOUISBOURG; shewing that part of GABARUS BAY in which the English landed, also their Encampment during the Siege in 1745
There is an inset map of Cape Breton Island in the top right hand corner of the map., There is one scale bar on the bottom of the main map, in English miles. The Prime meridian is unknown for the main map, due to lack of graticule and information on the map, but the key map indicated that the Prime meridian with that map is based in London. Both maps indicate North facing to the top of the map.
A Plan of the Navigable Canal now making from the City of Chester to Middlewich, and of the Branch from A to Naintwich
A Plan of the Navigable Canal now making from the City of Chester to Middlewich, and of the Branch from A to Naintwich
The map shows planning the canal with little details., A plan of the canal from Chester to Middlewich, Cheshire, with a branch SE to Nantwich. Often these canals closely follow existing rivers, but in this instance the canal is quite independent . The plan has little in the way of ornamentation; the north arrow is identical to that of WKM-J-181 except the crosshair is only encircled once. The map is a good candidate for rubber sheeting as it does not match well within a GIS. The scale was calculated from the map's scale bar, and the coordinates were derived via georeferencing.
A Plan of the Old Navigation from Liverpool to Manchester, (in part ) & of the Duke of Bridgewaters Canal, from the Coal Mine to Manchester, & to Stratford
A Plan of the Old Navigation from Liverpool to Manchester, (in part ) & of the Duke of Bridgewaters Canal, from the Coal Mine to Manchester, & to Stratford
Plan of roads between Liverpool and Manchester. Details include canal from Coal Mine to Manchester and Stradford. Dotted lines indicate old routes traveled to towns before the canal was built., Road and canal map/ There is no scale to interpret.
A Plan of the Propos'd NAVIGABLE CANAL from the Leeds & Liverpool Canal near Eccleston in the County Palatine of Lancaster, to Kendal in Westmorland, Survey'd in 1772, by Rob't Whitworth
A Plan of the Propos'd NAVIGABLE CANAL from the Leeds & Liverpool Canal near Eccleston in the County Palatine of Lancaster, to Kendal in Westmorland, Survey'd in 1772, by Rob't Whitworth
The plan is sparse in cartographic ornamentation. It depicts schematic for the proposed hydrographic system. The lengths and rises of the locks reside in the table below centre., The lengths and rises of the locks reside in the table below centre. The map is orient with West at the top. The scale was calculated from the map's scale bar, and the coordinates were derived via georeferencing.
A Plan of the River Tees, and of the intended NAVIGABLE CANAL from Stockton by Darlington to Winston, in the Bishoprick of Durham
A Plan of the River Tees, and of the intended NAVIGABLE CANAL from Stockton by Darlington to Winston, in the Bishoprick of Durham
In typical Whitworth style it reads more as a schematic than a map of the time, relaying necessary information without ornamentation. The specifics of each lock are within the table located to the bottom left of the map., A plan of an intended canal between Staindrop and modern day Stockton-on-Tees, both located in County Durham, England. Good candidate for rubber sheeting as hydrologic features do not match well with a GIS. The scale of the map was calculated from the scale bar, and the coordinates were derived via georeferencing.
A Plan of the TOWN and HARBOUR of LOUISBOURG [on plate with] A PLAN of the CITY and HARBOUR of HAVANA [on plate with] A PLAN of the Town and Harbour of CARTAGENA [on plate with] A plan of the Harbour, Town and Forts of PORTOBELLO
A Plan of the TOWN and HARBOUR of LOUISBOURG [on plate with] A PLAN of the CITY and HARBOUR of HAVANA [on plate with] A PLAN of the Town and Harbour of CARTAGENA [on plate with] A plan of the Harbour, Town and Forts of PORTOBELLO
This map contains four different maps of important ports., Each map is a different scale with 3 different types of measurement within the scale bars; north is oriented differently on each map. For Louisbourg, the map is read with north/west at top of map; the Havana map is oriented south/east (more south than east) at the top with the map in reading position; the Cartagena map is read with east at the top; and the Portobello map reads with south/east at top of map.
A Plan of the Town & Fortress of GARIAH belonging to ANGRIA the Admiral to the Sahou Rajah on the Coast of MALLABAR
A Plan of the Town & Fortress of GARIAH belonging to ANGRIA the Admiral to the Sahou Rajah on the Coast of MALLABAR
Detailed explanation with keyed references on map. Starting on page 619 of this volume is a detailed and elaborate account of Angria the Pirate taking Feriah by Commodore Watson. Many references to Mongol's troops and forces., Prime Meridian is unknown on the map, due to the lack of graticule and information. The map reads with North facing to the left of the map. The Geographical location of the map is found on the west coast of India.
A Plan of the intended New ROAD, from PADINGTON to ISLINGTON
A Plan of the intended New ROAD, from PADINGTON to ISLINGTON
Plan showing Berkeley Square and Grosvenor Square are shown at the bottom left, with the offices of a number of important companies listed. All dotted lines indicated new road proposal. References are alphabetically keyed., Street map of London, England. Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule. There is one scale bar on the map, represented in Feet. There is a legend on the bottom left side of the map, indicating places of importance, Map reads with North facing to the top and slightly to the right.
A SOUTH VIEW OF THE CITY OF GENOA
A SOUTH VIEW OF THE CITY OF GENOA
There is an extensive legend (called references) of locations in the city., As a map view, or bird's eye view, the scale changes across the map. For these views, we use a single point of reference. In this case we used the Lighthouse (#14 in the legend) as it is still standing.
A VIEW of Antient CARLISLE, as represented in a Plate above 100 Years old
A VIEW of Antient CARLISLE, as represented in a Plate above 100 Years old
The prime meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule. There is no scale bar represented on the map; scale was determined by measuring the distance from the "Castle" represented as A in the legend, to "St Cuthberts" Church, represented as C in the legend. Map reads with North facing to the top of the map.
A VIEW of the Town and CASTLE of ST. AUGUSTINE, and the ENGLISH CAMP before it June 20.1740
A VIEW of the Town and CASTLE of ST. AUGUSTINE, and the ENGLISH CAMP before it June 20.1740
This maps changes perspective from a map view at the top to more of a coastal view at the bottom. It is accompanied by text describing the siege., Because of the map perspective, the coordinates are approximate.
A complete CHART of the COAST of FRANCE, from Ostend, to Cape Finisterra, including the opposite Coast, of the BRITISH CHANNEL
A complete CHART of the COAST of FRANCE, from Ostend, to Cape Finisterra, including the opposite Coast, of the BRITISH CHANNEL
Map depicts the most north western part of France detailing the Bay of Biscay and The Channel coastlines. Part of Flanders, Holland, and England are located in the topmost part of the map. A partial coastline of Iceland appears in the top left corner., Map of Bay of Biscay, off the coast of France. Prime Meridian is London. Map reads with North facing to the top of the map. Scale was determined by measuring between a degree of latitude.
A view of the Bay of SANTERINI, with a BURNING ISLAND, which lately rose out of the sea
A view of the Bay of SANTERINI, with a BURNING ISLAND, which lately rose out of the sea
Map of Santorini Bay, Greece. The burning island was created by volcanic action. Shoals, trees, and some buildings are depicted., Map of Santorini Bay. Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule. Map reads with North facing to the bottom of the map. Map was georeferenced with data acquired from USGS's Earth Explorer.

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