Map of the Five Cities of New York, Brooklyn, Jersey City, Hoboken & Hudson City.
1860 (dated) 24.5 x 28.5 in (62.23 x 72.39 cm)
A beautiful example of M. Dripps' map of New York City, Brooklyn, Jersey City, Hoboken and Hudson County, published as plate 2 in the 1860 edition of Valentine's Manual. A great source for understanding what Brooklyn and Jersey City/Hoboken looked like in he mid-1800s, including the use of Flatbush, Brooklyn for such NIMBY institutions as a Lunatic Asylum and Alms House, and the eerie Canal Railroad starting from Jersey City docs.
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.
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.
Valentine, D. T., Manual of the Corporation of the City of New-York, 1860.
Good. Some wear on Folds.