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1865 Dripps Map of New York City

Map of New York and Vicinity. - Main View

1865 Dripps Map of New York City



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 Olmsted'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 (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. More by this mapmaker...

David T. (Thomas) Valentine (1801 - 1869) served as the Clerk of the Common Council of New York City. He 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 and 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. Learn More...


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.