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 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.
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.