Map of the Five Cities of New York, Brooklyn, Jersey City, Hoboken & Hudson City.
1860 (dated) 48.5 x 28.5 in (123.19 x 72.39 cm)
This is an uncommon example of Matthew Dripps' two panel 1860 map of New York, Brooklyn, Jersey City, and Hoboken. Issued as a set of two maps (plate 1 and 2), with plate 1 covering from Westchester to 63nd street in Manhattan and from Bergen to College Point. Plate 2 covers from 62nd street in Manhattan to Flatbush in Brooklyn. The region is shown in considerable detail and identifies street numbers, railroad lines, important buildings, parks, ferry lines, reservoirs, and various other details. A great source for understanding what Manhattan, Brooklyn and Jersey City/Hoboken looked like in the middle 19th century. Roosevelt Island is here identified as Blackwells Island, while Liberty Island is Bedloe's Island. Where Columbia University now stands, this map reveals a 19th century Lunatic Asylum. Fort Washington and Fort Lee are both identified. This map was prepared by Matthew Dripps for inclusion in the 1860 edition of D. T. Valentine's Manual.
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.
Throughout much of the 19th century David T. Valentine edited and published a series of New York City almanacs and fact books entitled Manual of the Corporation Of The City of New York. Valentine's Manual, as it came to be called, included facts about the City of New York, city council information, city history, and reported on the progress of public works such as Central Park. The production of this annual manual was the responsibility of the Clerk of the City of New York, a position held at different times by D. Valentine by Joseph Shannon, who also produced a similar manual. Valentine used his manual to reproduce some of the rarest and most important maps of New York City ever created.
Valentine, D. T., Valentine's Manual of the Corporation of the City of New York, (New York) 1860.
Very good. Set of two maps. Original fold lines visible. Minor wear on original folds. Professionally flattened and backed with archival tissue.