Map of the City of Brooklyn (as consolidated January 1st 1855).
1856 (dated) 18.5 x 23.5 in (46.99 x 59.69 cm)
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This is a scarce and extraordinary 1856 map of Brooklyn, New York city by Matthew Dripps. The map follows the 1855 consolidation of Brooklyn, Williamsburg, Bushwick, and Greenpoint into a single city - as such it is one of the first maps to show Brooklyn much as we know it today - in fact, it is the earliest obtainable map was are aware of to do so. The map extends southwards roughly to 60th street, eastwards to Evergreen Cemetery, and northwards to Newtown creek. Parts of adjacent Manhattan (as far north as 40th Street), Queens (Long Island City), and Jersey City. Many modern neighborhoods are not specifically name, such as Red Hook, Bedford Stuyvesant, Fort Green, etc. but are nonetheless present and identifiable. The Brooklyn Navy Yards clearly represented with individual buildings present. Sunset Park, though not identified, is apparent via the hachuring Dripps has used to render elevation. Prospect Park, not yet conceived of, is notably absent.
This map does much to express the optimism and industrial transformation happening in Brooklyn during this period. Prospective landfills are ghosted in, Important piers are noted, and ferry lines to and from various parts of Manhattan proliferate. The Fulton Avenue Trolley Service is noted as is the nascent Long Island Railroad extending along Atlantic Avenue. When this map was made the population of Booklyn was 200000. Four years later census takers identified Brooklyn as the 3rd largest city in the United States. The new city's 18 wards, now defunct political districts common in the 19th century, are laid out and color coded in an extensive forward thinking grid plan - even where actual development is lacking. The contrast between these areas and the surrounding communities of New Utrecht, Flatbush, New Lots, and East New York, which are represented with trees, is strongly suggestive that these bordering communities remained quite rural well into the later 19th century.
A manuscript annotation in pencil on 55th street marks the site of the Coney Island Ferry.
This map was published in two known editions, 1855 and the presented example 1856. All examples are extremely scarce. Dripps maintained offices at 152 Fulton Street, New York City.
Matthew Dripps was a New York based map publisher working the middle to later part of the 19th century. He is best known for his numerous maps of New York City, but also has to his credit several maps of Brooklyn and New York State. Dripps had his offices at 105 Fulton Street, New York City. Curiously, for a fairly prominent New York publisher, little is known of his life beyond his obvious work.
Very good. Laid down on archival tissue for stability. Removed from by accompanied by original gilt stamped linen binder.