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 TOWN AND CHART of the HARBOUR of BOSTON Exhibiting a View of the Islands, Castle Forts and Entrances into the said Harbour
A PLAN of the TOWN AND CHART of the HARBOUR of BOSTON Exhibiting a View of the Islands, Castle Forts and Entrances into the said Harbour
This chart documents the Port of Boston at the dawn of the American Revolution. Under the strain of the Boston Port Act imposed during the winter of 1774-75, New Englanders continued to agitate against their British government. An article accompanying the map is entitled “An Account of the Proceedings of the American Colonists since the Passing of the Boston Port Bill.” It informs the readers that the Governor had assured the town that “he will do all in his power to secure the peace and good order of the town" and goes on to list “the regiments, & companies now at Boston.” An English map of the seaward approach to Boston during the American Revolutionary War with a compass rose showing rhumb lines for the British sailors planning to enter the harbour. Soundings are taken around the islands and in the channels and guts. Dangerous rocks are marked by crosses, and sand banks by broken lines. Forts throughout the harbour are shown, and urban areas are symbolized by hatching., A line a lattidue and a line of longitude intersect at Boston detailing degrees north from the equator and west from the London Prime Meridian. The scale was calculated by the map's scale bar, and the coordinated were derived via georeferencing.
A PLAN of ye GREAT FIRE in BISHOPSGATE STREET LEADENHALL STREET and CORNHILL, &c. on Thursday Nov'r. 7th. 1765
A PLAN of ye GREAT FIRE in BISHOPSGATE STREET LEADENHALL STREET and CORNHILL, &c. on Thursday Nov'r. 7th. 1765
"Plan shows extend of the ""Great Fire"" which occurred on Thursday morning November 7th, 1765 with detailed text written within the pages of this volume. The plan records names and places of interest South Sea House, Threadneedle Street; St. Martins Outwich (Damaged & S Steeple Burnt); Lydell and Metcalf, Attorneys; Archer, Goldsmith; Spence, Hair Mert; Revd Mr. Fayting; Moltershead Beer Warehouse; Cooper, Packer; Hold and Edwards, Milliners; Finch, Merchant; Guy, Gunsmith; Merchant Taylors Garden; Merchant Taylors Hall; Reeves's Academy; Huddleston, Milliners; le Gross and le Grass, Merchants; Pareiro, Merchant; Hoskins; Dr. Sylvester; Nail & Son, Taylors; Burden and Vaston, Tobacconists; White Lyon Court; White Lyon Tavern; Pinder, Linen Draper; Whiteside and Co., Attorneys; Spalding and Brander; Lamb, Stationer; Pinefinch, Optician; Vaux, Haberdasher; Shapley, Cabinet Maker; Crips; Sun Court; Bishopsgate Street; Kingsley, Attorney; Crips, Peruke Maker; Draper and Coxeter, Milliners; Vestit, Merchant; Higginbotham, Chinaman; Long, Broker; Deputy Long, Packer; Carn, Silkman; Clements, Tallow Chandler; Merry, Stationer; Jarvis, Black Lion; How, Barber; Butler, P. Clerk; Marjoram, Tinman; Rutland, Barber; Nags Head Tavern; Hardy, Hardwareman; Hanson, Glover; Willot, Linnen Draper; Farnborough, Plow Eating House; Merryman, Trunk Maker; Treadway, Glover; Mace, Slopseller; Bull Inn (Much Destroyed); Grant, Brush Maker; Leadenhall Street; Cornhill; Cogan & Palmer; Toper; Angel, Cook; St. Peters Church; Gracechurch Street; Warham & Cartwright, Cook; Court, Milliner; and Leaden Hall.", Map of the "Great Fire" in 1765. Located in downtown London, at the intersection of Bishopsgate and Cornhill. Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule. There is one scale bar on the map, in scale of yards, but scale was determined by measuring the distance between the corner of Cornhill and Bishopsgate and the corner of Threadneedle street and Bishopsgate.
A Particular MAP, to Illustrate Gen. Amherst's Expedition to MONTREAL; with a Plan of the Town & Draught of the Island
A Particular MAP, to Illustrate Gen. Amherst's Expedition to MONTREAL; with a Plan of the Town & Draught of the Island
Map depicts General Amherst's expedition along St. Lawrence River from Quebec to the Thousand Islands and onto the Niagara River, also a plan of the city of Montreal. Included on the map are the names of First Nations such as Iroquois, Senekaa, Cayugaes, etc. An inset map details the plan of the city itself including major streets and fortifications., Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of Graticule and information. There is a scale bar on each map. Inset map for Montreal has its own legend with place's within the City of Montreal.
A Particular Plan of the Town and Fort of St. Philip [on plate with] A Draught of the Town and Harbour of Mahon with St. Philip's Fort and Its Fortifications
A Particular Plan of the Town and Fort of St. Philip [on plate with] A Draught of the Town and Harbour of Mahon with St. Philip's Fort and Its Fortifications
First map at top includes engraved references a-t. Second map on bottom of plate with title and 5 lines of engraved text. On page 11 of the volume begins an account of the island. A plan of St. Philip's Castle with its accompanying town, and another smaller scale plan along with the strategically important harbour and the town of Mahon, in Minorca, one of the Balearic Islands. The explanatory legend details the castle's fortifications, while soundings and coastlines are shown for the harbour. A description of the work sits below the map. engraved on map are various important structures: Nunnery, Victualing Office for the navy, Product House, Mast house, Quarantine Island, The New Road, and Navel Hospital. Fortifications are detailed as are vegetation, buildings, fathom depths, and pathways, Each map has a scale bar in furlongs, and no graticule is present in the map; the scale is calculated from the map's scale bar, and the coordinates were obtained via georeferencing and pertain to map B of the harbour.
A Perspective View of Quebec drawn on the spot
A Perspective View of Quebec drawn on the spot
Ship and two sailboats in foreground; Quebec in background. A copper etching of a perpendicular view of Québec City drawn from across the St. Lawrence. Ships flying what appear to be the Cross of St. George appear at the forefront against the city's skyline. Accompany text in facing pages eloquently and with detail describe the harbour, flag ships, Lower-Town, Upper town, pavilions, palaces, and edifices. The description includes comments on the hardships and actions of the gallant soldiers., The coordinates refer to a single point in the image's centre to which it has georeferenced.
A Perspective View of the City of BATH
A Perspective View of the City of BATH
Map views cannot be fully georeferenced because the scale and perspective varies across the view.
A Plan of BREDA, with the Adjacent Countries
A Plan of BREDA, with the Adjacent Countries
Prime meridian is unknown due to lack of information on the map. There are three scale bars represented on the map, English Miles, Dutch Miles and German Miles.
A Plan of CARTHAGENA
A Plan of CARTHAGENA
A plan of Cartegena and surrounding waters as if attacking from the west. Attacking forces and Spanish fortifications are outlined in the legend found in accompanying text. The plan shows the Isla de Tierra Bomba connected to the mainland. Churches, fields, and forests are represented pictorially; the French ships at L are not individualized. The textual explanation places the city of Cartagena approximately 675 km to the north of its actual location. A lettered key is explained on page 193., No scale bar or graticule are present on the map; the coordinates and scale were derived via georeferencing.
A Plan of CONSTANTINOPLE Places adjacent and Canal of the BLACK SEA
A Plan of CONSTANTINOPLE Places adjacent and Canal of the BLACK SEA
Map of Constantinople with key identifying 75 locations focusing on the topography of the city and surrounding area. Individual tress, plowed fields, and buildings are etched. Elaborate cartouche features military swords, other weapons, flags, and a jeweled turban., Map of Istanbul. Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule. There is one scale bar on the map, represented in Italian Miles. Map reads with North facing to the Left. There is an arrow in the canal that shows that the water flows from North to South.
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 GIBRALTAR
A Plan of GIBRALTAR
A plan of the British town and fortifications of the Rock at Gibraltar from an oblique view. The legend found in the accompanying text describes the pertinent features of the plan, and two ships of the line are rendered in the bay. Letters key A-O is explained on page 299., The scale bar is in English miles, and no graticule is present. The scale was calculated from the scale bar, and the coordinates were derived via georeferencing.
A Plan of HAVRE DE GRACE, and the Face of the adjacent Country
A Plan of HAVRE DE GRACE, and the Face of the adjacent Country
A plan of Havre de Grace (modern day Le Havre) from an oblique view showing fortifications and surrounding villages. Feathered arrows represent water flow direction, and sand banks are shown through extensive stipling. A large and bold 16 point compass rose sits prominently near the top left corner. The relief shown is extensively detailed, while the settlements are quite generalized. The Canal of Harfleur is central to the map with a large inscribed arrow indicating direction of flow. Grassland and trees are drawn to represent land cover revealing individual fields, and there are a few short descriptions of areas, including the timber words in the silt just west of Le Havre., The scale bar is in French toises, and there is no graticule; scale was calculated from the scale bar and the coordinates from georeferencing.
A Plan of PORTO BELLO
A Plan of PORTO BELLO
A plan of Porto Bello and surrounding waters, Panama displaying action from the War of Jenkins Ear. A lettered A-Z key is explained on page 191. Saltwater marshland is shown via stippling, The characteristics of individual ships can be discerned, while land defenses are more generalized., The accompanying legend can be found on page 191. No scale bar or graticule are present; coordinates and scale were derived via georeferencing.
A Plan of the BATTLE of WEISSEMFELS; between the King of Prussia on one side, & the Combined Armies of France & the Empire on the other November 5th, 1757
A Plan of the BATTLE of WEISSEMFELS; between the King of Prussia on one side, & the Combined Armies of France & the Empire on the other November 5th, 1757
A interesting copper engraved plan of the 18th century Battle of Weissenfels during the Seven Years War. Related text describing plan and battle included in the text. Plan is highly detailed. This imposed batter between Russia's General Witt. There is a large split in the plan due to the scanning procedure. The plan details garrison, artilery placement, number of squads in each cavalry, army of the Prince of Hilburyhausen, the march of the King of Prussia, and specific roadways., A legend describing the action is available on the opposite page. The scale bar is in English Miles and paces, and there is no graticule. It is only loosely georefenced at the moment until more research on the battle can be conducted as pertaining to its orientation, and to do justice to the pivotal battle.

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