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 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.
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 Canal from the Trent to the Severn
A Plan of the Canal from the Trent to the Severn
A plan of the important canal connecting the River Trent to the River Severn, with a junction to the Birmingham system at Wolver Hampton. It is very sparse in ornamentation - this plan does not have a cartouche. Only some very light hatching illustrates some of the land's characteristics., The plan oriented with ESE on the top, and has a scale bar in English miles. The scale was calculated from the map's scale bar, and the coordinates were obtained via georeferencing. Matches up with GIS data reasonably well.
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 from Birmingham in the County of Warwick, to the Canal at Aldersley, near Wolverhampton in the County of Stafford; with a Collateral Cut to the Coal Mines at Wednesbury
A Plan of the NAVIGABLE CANAL from Birmingham in the County of Warwick, to the Canal at Aldersley, near Wolverhampton in the County of Stafford; with a Collateral Cut to the Coal Mines at Wednesbury
A plan of the canal between Birmingham and Wolverhampton with the collateral cut to the Wednesbury coal mines. A bare bones design; hatching and wooded areas are not shown, but small vignettes for prominent churches along the way are drawn, and what are most likely coat pits are drawn as discs containing dots in their centres., This plan differs somewhat from the available GIS data. Therefore rubbersheeting may be necessary. 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 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 Town CHAGRE, &c.
A Plan of the Town CHAGRE, &c.
A nearly perpendicular view of British Admiral Edward Vernon's attack on the Spanish Fort San Lorenzo from across the river Chagres during the War of Jenkins Ear. A lettered key is explained on page 405. The legend in the accompanying text details the events of the operation; the description of PP uses very interesting phrasing to describe the bombing action. British ships are flying the Union Jack, and while it is difficult to discern a command flag, the triple decker with distinguishing rear markings may be Vernon's flagship. The scene is depicted in media res with Spanish cañoneros locked in a firefight with the incoming fleet from the shore batteries., As this is a perspective view, coordinates given are for the centre point of the map, and only a very rough estimate is given for the scale.
A Plan of the Town and Fortifications of GIBRALTAR
A Plan of the Town and Fortifications of GIBRALTAR
A plan of the Town and Fortifications of Gibraltar, often referred to as "The Rock". Explanitory notes numbering 1 - 33 are in the adjoining text. Vignettes of ships of the line flying the Union Jack figure prominently in the work, and highly detailed linework and tinting show the area's differences in topography and terrain. This map of Gibraltar marks the fortifications of both the British Garrison and those of the Spanish from the Thirteenth Siege of Gibraltar (1727). Locations of the Old Mole and New Mole are drawn as are the Signal House and Salto Garrebo., The scale was calculated from the scale bar which is in English mile, and the coordinates were obtained via georeferencing.
A Plan of the Town and Harbour of MAHON, &c.
A Plan of the Town and Harbour of MAHON, &c.
A plan of the city of Mahón on Minorca Island located in present day Spain. A lettered key explained on page247. A major British naval base at the time, important buildings, fortifications, and natural features are described by the legend in the accompanying text, along with the road built by Brigadier General Richard Kane; St. Philip's Castle and Town figure prominently at the mouth of one of the best natural harbours in the British Empire. Hatching is done both on land and for shallow water, and is differentiated a heavy light weight along the coast, and slightly different hatching patterns. Small vignettes of trees, windmills, churches, and farmhouses are present throughout the land., The scale bar is in English miles, and there is no graticule; the scale was calculated from the scale bar and the coordinates were derived via georeferencing.
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.

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