Brooklyn Street Directory Showing Width & Location of Streets & c. with Map o Prospect Park and Horse Car & Elevated Rail Roads Routes.
1880 (dated) 22.75 x 18 in (57.785 x 45.72 cm)
1 : 10200
An extremely 1880 rare pocket map of Prospect Park, Brooklyn, with a street directory of Brooklyn by Mathew Dripps. The directory, which occupy the left 2/3rd of the map features a list of all Brooklyn streets and the street width. For example, our street, Putnam Ave, is noted at 70 feet wide. I took a moment to measure it and indeed, it remains correct The right hand part of the chart features a detailed map of Prospect parts and some of the surrounding streets in Park Slope and Prospect Heights. This map was engraved for Matthew Dripps by Robert A. Welcke of 176 William Street, New York. This map is extremely rare and we have been able to identify no other examples.
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.
Robert A. Welcke (fl. 1876 – c. 1940) was a photolithographer active in New York in the latter part of the 19th century and early 20th century. Welcke may have been a Prussian immigrant, but we have not been able to verify this. Welcke's firm, Robert A. Welcke Offset Company, was based at 176 William Street. Welcke's corpus of work ranges from maps of New York and Connecticut to illustrations on Flemish Renaissance interiors to government maps and brochures to decorative sheet music covers. Following Welcke's death the firm was taken over by his daughter, Olga Welcke, who along side William Jugens managed the firm until the outbreak of World War II.
Good. Backed on archival tissue. Some repaired loss at fold intersections.