1865 Dripps Map of New York City

Map of New York and Vicinity.

1865 Dripps Map of New York City


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Map of New York and Vicinity.
  1865 (dated)    34.5 x 21.5 in (87.63 x 54.61 cm)


This is a rare large format 1865 folding map of New York City by Matthew Dripps. Covers the entire island of Manhattan as well as parts of Brooklyn, Queens, Hoboken and Jersey City. Shows the city in considerable detail with all streets and, in Manhattan, block numbers clearly shown. Labels most of the peers in lower Manhattan and shows numerous individual buildings with identifying numbers. Where Columbia University now stands, this map reveals a 19th century Lunatic Asylum. In Queens, labels Hunters Point and shows the beginnings of the Long Island Railroad. Shows Central Park in detail exhibiting the fully glory of Olmstead's plan. Dated 1965 under the title and in the copyright, 'entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1865 by M. Dripps in the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the Southern District of New York' Prepared by Matthew Dripps for issued in David Valentine's 1865 Manual of the Common Council of New York.


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., Valentine's Manual of the Corporation of the City of New York, 1865.    


Very good. One of the best examples of this map we have encountered. Printed on onion skin paper. Original fold lines exhibits some toning and wear. Small area of loss, repaired, lower right quadrant.


Haskell, D., Manhattan Maps: A Co-operative List, 1154.