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 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.
A PLAN of the CITY and Fortifications of ST MALO's
A PLAN of the CITY and Fortifications of ST MALO's
It's interesting to look at maps that were drawn at a time of significant events. Such is the case with this Saint-Malo map. Published in June 1758 while the final seige of Louisbourg was underway, it would be to Saint-Malo that many Acadian exiles would be sent later in 1758 and 1759., Large scale map but is quite accurate.
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 (near) the City of COVENTRY to the City of OXFORD
A PLAN of the NAVIGABLE CANAL now making from (near) the City of COVENTRY to the City of OXFORD
A plan of the canal from Coventry to Oxford, England with East oriented at the top. It has a sylvan cartouche border, but no other ornamentation. An interesting detail are the isolated towns below the canal; details of the high streets are presumably shown but are disconnected from the system., Details of the canal are tabled bottom centre using miles, furlongs, and chains as units, and the scale bar is in British Statute Miles. The scale was calculated from the map's scale bar, and the coordinates were derived via georeferencing. Map is reasonably accurate within a GIS.
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.

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