Map of the City of Brooklyn New York.
1873 (undated) 23 x 17 in (58.42 x 43.18 cm)
1 : 20000
A rare 1873 map of Brooklyn New York by Matthew Drips. Unlike most maps of Brooklyn from this period, which were oriented to the west, Dripps adopts a more modern convention by orienting his map no the north – and in doing so established a revolutionary new convention followed by most subsequent Brooklyn mapmakers. The map covers Brooklyn from Evergreen Cemetery and the Newtown Creek south to roughly 60th street. It extends east to Clarkson Avenue and Fort Hamilton Avenue. It includes modern day Brooklyn Heights, Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Fort Green, Bedford Stuyvesant, Bushwick, Park Slope, Flatbush, Clinton Hill, Boerum Hill, Prospect Heights, and Fort Green. When this map was issued Brooklyn was a bustling city but remained very much in the shadow of Manhattan, today Brooklyn is officially the 'Hippest place on earth!' This map was engraved by R. A. Welcke and published by Matthew Dripps.
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. Minor wear and verso repair on original fold lines. Backed on archival tissue.