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