1862 Dripps Map of Brooklyn, New York

Map of Brooklyn and Vicinity.

1862 Dripps Map of Brooklyn, New York


Scarce map of Brooklyn on a vertical projection.

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Map of Brooklyn and Vicinity.
  1862 (dated)    25.5 x 19.5 in (64.77 x 49.53 cm)     1 : 21120


An uncommon 1862 map of Brooklyn, New York, by Matthew Dripps. Presented on a north-south axis, which for Brooklyn was uncommon at the time, this map covers form Newtown Creek to New Utrecht and from Manhattan to East New York. Brooklyn at the time consisted only of the area colorized here. Flatbush, New Utrecht, and other communities had yet to be consolidated into Brooklyn. The map identifies streets, parks, important buildings, rail lines, ferries, and city wards. There are depth soundings in the East River, Gowanus Bay, and New York Harbor. It is of note that Prospect Park, while appearing on this map, was at this time still in its planning stages and was not yet under construction. Issued by Matthew Drips in 1862.


Matthew Dripps (1812 – April 9, 1896) was an Irish-born American mapmaker active in Philadelphia and New York during the second half of the 19th century. Dripps was born in Gracefield, Ireland. In Ireland, probably Belfast, he worked as a grocer. Dripps immigrated to American from Belfast on the Patrick Henry in 1849, arriving in Philadelphia, where he connected with the Reformed Presbyterian Church and worked briefly as a tax collector. His earliest recorded maps, depicting Philadelphia, appeared during this period. Dripps relocated to Brooklyn, New York in 1850, setting up shop as a map publisher. His two largest maps were published in the following years, 1850 and 1851, and combine to form an enormous map of Manhattan. These gained him the attention of the City Council, who used his maps for census and government work. Afterwards, he issued other large format New York City and Brooklyn maps as well as smaller maps for the New York City Clerk's office. He was married to Ameila Millar Dripps with whom he had six children, among them Amelia Dripps and the clergyman Joseph Frederick. Dripps is interred at Greewood Cemetery, Brooklyn.


Compromised. Map has a large area of loss in the vicinity of south Williamsburg. Numerous splits, repaired. Backed on archival tissue. Two printing flaws on the lower border. Normally a 1500 USD map, here priced accordingly.


OCLC 196495932.
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