1873 Dripps Map of Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn-dripps-1873
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Map of the City of Brooklyn New York.
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1873 Dripps Map of Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn-dripps-1873

One of the earliest maps of Brooklyn to adopt a north-south orientation.

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Title


Map of the City of Brooklyn New York.
  1873 (undated)    23 x 17 in (58.42 x 43.18 cm)     1 : 20000

Description


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.

Cartographer


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.

Condition


Very good. Minor wear and verso repair on original fold lines. Backed on archival tissue.