1859 Dripps Map of New York, Brooklyn, Jersey City, Hudson City and Hoboken
Map of the Cities of New york brooklyn Jersey City Hudson City and Hoboken.
1859 (dated) 18.5 x 12 in (46.99 x 30.48 cm)
This is a fine example of the 1859 Dripps map of the cities of New York, Brooklyn, Jersey City, and Hoboken, issued for Valentine's Manual of the Corporation of New York. The map covers the entirety of New York City, including Governors Island, ellis Island and Rickers Island. Roosevelt Island is here named Blackwells Island and Liberty Island is identified by its original name, Bedloe's Island. Where Columbia University now stands, this map reveals a 19th century Lunatic Asylum. Fort Washington and Fort Lee are both identified. The map further identifies various canals, parks, reservoirs, train lines, ferry lines and important buildings. This map was prepared by Matthew Dripps for 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's Manual of the Corporation of the City of New York, (1860 edition).
Very good. Original fold lines visible. Professionally flattened and backed with archival tissue.