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 the CITY and HARBOUR of LA VERA CRUZ and the CASTLE of SAN JUAN DE ULUA Being the Key of Traffick and the principal Port of NEW SPAIN Lat: 19°:10'
A PLAN of the CITY and HARBOUR of LA VERA CRUZ and the CASTLE of SAN JUAN DE ULUA Being the Key of Traffick and the principal Port of NEW SPAIN Lat: 19°:10'
Includes a description of the wares sold at the city fair shops by English, Dutch, Italians and French and the compensation arrangement with the Spanish., Map reads with North facing to the top of the map, but in actuality, it's more North/West. Prime Meridian is Unknown due to lack of graticule and information on the map, although there is reference to the map having a Latitude 19º10'.
A PLAN of the Canals, now making from the several Coal Mines in the neighbourhood of STOURBRIDGE and DUDLEY, to the Great Canal from the Trent to the Severn near Stourton, in the County of STAFFORD, Survey'd in 1775, by Robert Whitworth
A PLAN of the Canals, now making from the several Coal Mines in the neighbourhood of STOURBRIDGE and DUDLEY, to the Great Canal from the Trent to the Severn near Stourton, in the County of STAFFORD, Survey'd in 1775, by Robert Whitworth
A canal plan between Stouton and Dudley in the West Midlands, England by Robert Whitworth that appears to have been completed. A chart in the bottom left describes the details of the locks. More land features are shown than many other maps of this type with local roads, banks, brooks, coppices, churches, Seats, and towns drawn or annotated. This survey is quite accurate for its time. The obverse and reverse of a coin or medallion of the Emperor Maximin that belongs to the passage following the description of the canal is located on the bottom left. Roger Sc at lower right., The scale was calculated from the map's scale bar, and the coordinates were derived via georeferencing.
A PLAN of the City of PRAGUE, with the French and Austrian Camps [on plate with] City of EGRA [on plate with] Southern View of PRAGUE
A PLAN of the City of PRAGUE, with the French and Austrian Camps [on plate with] City of EGRA [on plate with] Southern View of PRAGUE
There are 3 nice illustrations accompanying the map, one of Maria Teresa, Queen of Hungary, one a view of the city of EGRA (the historic name for Cheb in the Czech Republic), and last a Southern View of Prague. The map and both views have key locations indicated.
A PLAN of the GRAND CANAL from the City of DUBLIN to the River SHANNON, with the Collateral CANALS, to the Rivers Barrow and Boyne
A PLAN of the GRAND CANAL from the City of DUBLIN to the River SHANNON, with the Collateral CANALS, to the Rivers Barrow and Boyne
Map of the Grand Canal ranging from the Irish Sea to the River Shannon. Pictorial map of bridges, towns, villages, out buildings, and rivers, and canal. References to distance in chart below map plan are in Irish meters, furlongs and plantation acres., The scalebar is in Irish miles, and the coordinates were derived via georeferencing.
A PLAN of the GRAND CANAL now making between LEEDS and LIVERPOOL
A PLAN of the GRAND CANAL now making between LEEDS and LIVERPOOL
Elaborate cartouche in upper left corner of map. Hills, and embankments are etched along the meandering canal including placement of homesteads., A plan of the Grand Canal from the mouth of the River Mersey to Leeds in northern England. It is sparsely ornamented with a sylvan border for the cartouche and light hatching to show some topography. Distance from Leeds to Bason and Bason to Liverpool via the canal are tabled and the scale bar is in English miles. The coordinates were derived via georeferencing, and the scale was calculated from the scale bar.
A PLAN of the HARBOUR and TOWN of LOUISBOURG in the ISLAND of CAPE BRETON, Drawn on the Spot
A PLAN of the HARBOUR and TOWN of LOUISBOURG in the ISLAND of CAPE BRETON, Drawn on the Spot
Accompanies article: DESCRIPTION of the Town and Harbour of LOUISBURG in CAPE BRETON ; and some Observations of the great Importance of that Settlement., The scale is in toises. Walter's note: From: Grand Magazine of Universal Intelligence February, 1758 opp. p. 85; Jolly: Maps in British Periodicals, Part II, p.181, GMUI-1
A PLAN of the Intended Navigable Canal form LEEDS to SELBY, proposded to cumminicate in the TOWNSHIP of HOLBECK, with the CANAL now making betweed LEEDS & LIVERPOOL, with a View of the Rivers AIRE and CALDER
A PLAN of the Intended Navigable Canal form LEEDS to SELBY, proposded to cumminicate in the TOWNSHIP of HOLBECK, with the CANAL now making betweed LEEDS & LIVERPOOL, with a View of the Rivers AIRE and CALDER
A large scale plan of a proposed navigable canal from Leeds to Selby, England. The proposed canal is symbolized by a single thick and solid line, while the existing water system is shown as double-lined. The numbers along the River Aire appear to correspond to features along the river, but as yet remain unknown. Seats appear to be symbolized by small vingettes. The large illustrations accompany a different article on page 353 concerning artifacts found near Reculver, Kent., The scale was calculated from the map's scale bar, and the coordinates were derived via georeferencing.
A PLAN of the Intended Navigable Canal from BASINGSTOKE in the County of Southampton, to the River Wey in the County of Surry; Survey'd in 1777
A PLAN of the Intended Navigable Canal from BASINGSTOKE in the County of Southampton, to the River Wey in the County of Surry; Survey'd in 1777
A map showing locations of proposed canals between Basingstoke and Weybridge. Compass rose (simple, fleur de lys marks north). Relief depicts canals, rivers, bridges, settlements, title cartouche, scroll cartouche, table of distances., A map showing locations of proposed canals between Basingstoke and Weybridge. The map is oriented with NNW at the top. Coordinates were derived via georeferencing; scale calculated from map scalebar.
A PLAN of the NAVIGABLE CANAL now making from the River Trent to Langley Bridge, in the Counties of DERBY and NOTTINGHAM; Survey'd in 1776, by T. Smith
A PLAN of the NAVIGABLE CANAL now making from the River Trent to Langley Bridge, in the Counties of DERBY and NOTTINGHAM; Survey'd in 1776, by T. Smith
A canal plan between a bridge at the Derbyshire-Nottinghamshire border North along the River Erewash until the bridge at Langley Mill. Specifications for the canal locks can be found in the bottom right corner of the map; unlike many other maps of this form, locks and cuts do not appear to be shown on the map proper, unless of course they were unnecessary., This map requires rubbersheeting for it to be anywhere close to the real world river features. The scale was calculated from the map's scale bar, and the coordinates were derived via georeferencing.
A PLAN of the NAVIGABLE CANAL, now making from CHESTERFIELD, in the COUNTY of DERBY, to the RIVER TRENT, near STOCKWITH in the COUNTY of NOTTINGHAM, Survey'd in 1770
A PLAN of the NAVIGABLE CANAL, now making from CHESTERFIELD, in the COUNTY of DERBY, to the RIVER TRENT, near STOCKWITH in the COUNTY of NOTTINGHAM, Survey'd in 1770
The map shows complications of planning the canal in the context of water supply complying with the Act of parliament in 1771., A plan of the canal from Chesterfield to Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. A large cartouche of a sylvan pattern dominates the centre, while the rest of the map has little ornament. It is decently accurate within a GIS. The scale was calculated from the map's scale bar, and the coordinates were derived via georeferencing.
A PLAN of the NAVIGABLE CANAL, now making from the City of COVENTRY, to Communicate with the Grand Canal upon FRADLEY HEATH, in the COUNTY of STAFFORD. Survey'd in 1767
A PLAN of the NAVIGABLE CANAL, now making from the City of COVENTRY, to Communicate with the Grand Canal upon FRADLEY HEATH, in the COUNTY of STAFFORD. Survey'd in 1767
A plan of the canal connecting Coventry to the Grand Canal connecting the rivers Trent and Mersey. A note is at the bottom centre describing the canal's completeness. Attractive map of this canal traveling through the towns of Tamworth, Polesworth, Atherstone, Nun Eaton to Coventry with all the points of interest along the way. Decorative title cartouche and compass rose. Light hatching is used to show topography on the western shore, and the cartouche has a sylvan motif. Warwickshire is especially made prominent through its large curved font, something not too often seen on these plans. Details are the canal system are tabled in the bottom right corner. Churches/cathedrals are drawn along the canal, and small trees are used to generalized forest cover., The scale was calculated from the map's scale bar, and the coordinates were derived via georeferencing. This plan is a good candidate for rubbersheeting as it does not match well with a GIS.
A PLAN of the Navigable Canal from CHESTERFIELD, in the County of DERBY, to the River Trent near STOCKWITH in the County of NOTTINGHAM, Survey'd in 1769
A PLAN of the Navigable Canal from CHESTERFIELD, in the County of DERBY, to the River Trent near STOCKWITH in the County of NOTTINGHAM, Survey'd in 1769
A plan of the canal system from Chesterfield to the River Trent near Stockwith, Nottingham. Sparse cartographic elements. Distances in legend shown in meters, fathoms, and chains. Etchings of small homes, churches, and outbuildings are indicated at road and canal intersections. Royce sc etched in bottom right corner., The scale was calculated from the map's scale bar, and the coordinates were derived via georeferencing.
A PLAN of the Navigable Canal, now making from COOPER BRIDGE, to HUDDERSFIELD, in the COUNTY of YORK
A PLAN of the Navigable Canal, now making from COOPER BRIDGE, to HUDDERSFIELD, in the COUNTY of YORK
Three related canal plans detail the large effort being made to expand the network of navigable canals throughout England. The canal is still open and is known as the Huddersfield Broad or Sir John Ramsden's Canal. It is part of one of three trans-Pennine canal routes. The letters along the proposed canal correspond to the locks found within the large table., Large scale plan of a proposed navigable canal between Huddersfield Bridge and Cooper Bridge in York County, England oriented with NW 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 SALWARP, and of the NAVIGABLE CANAL, from DROITWICH, to the RIVER SEVERN, in the COUNTY of WORCESTER
A PLAN of the RIVER SALWARP, and of the NAVIGABLE CANAL, from DROITWICH, to the RIVER SEVERN, in the COUNTY of WORCESTER
This plan presents a very decorative cartouche. Following the Croitwich Barge Canal Act of 1768, the Croitwich was linked to the River Severn, Janes Brindley's contour canal opened enabling economical carriage of salt products from the brine sources of Droitwich to wider markets., A plan of the canal from modern day Droitwich Spa southwest to the River Severn. The map is oriented with SSE at the top with a one mile scale bar divided into 8 furlongs. Trees are drawn to show wooded areas, and the cartouche border has the same motif. The map's scale was calculated from its scale bar, and the coordinates were derived via georeferecing. A good candidate for rubber sheeting as it does not match well within a GIS.
A PLAN of the SIEGE of the HAVANA, Drawn by an OFFICER on the Spot 1762
A PLAN of the SIEGE of the HAVANA, Drawn by an OFFICER on the Spot 1762
Plan indicates besieged camps, General Elliots Camp, Col. Hows Camp, The Governor's Fort in Havana. Plan is distinguished by positional etchings of 20 warships in the Bay of Havana and at least 108 warships moored along the coast. Numbers indicate depth soundings., Map of Havana Harbour, Cuba. Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule. The map reads with North facing to the bottom right corner. There is no scale bar on the map, scale was determined by measuring from the tip of Morro to the northern tip of Havana.

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