Plan of New York City from the Battery to Spuyten Duyvil Creek
Place Published: New York
Publisher: Mathew Dripps
Date Published: 1867
Description: Set of 19 maps with title page. Engraving with original hand coloring. Individually mounted and framed.
Comments: This set of 19 maps comes from "Plan of New York City from the Battery to Spuyten Duyvil Creek," an 1867 publication of real estate maps by Mathew Dripps. The 19 maps cover the entirety of Manhattan Island and also include one map of Brooklyn Heights, which extends from the East River east to Jay Street and south to Atlantic Ave. As the full title of the atlas describes, the maps show "every lot and building thereon, old farm lines, street numbers at the corners of blocks, railroads, steamboat landings, bulkhead and pier lines, etc. etc. etc." This massive wealth of detail corresponds to Dripps' attempt to provide information for city businessmen, such as those in the real-estate and insurance industries. In service of this need, Dripps' maps provide block dimensions, building configurations, and street widths, all in remarkable detail. On the sheets depicting more rural, northern sections of the city, the street grid is accompanied by the names of estates and landholders. The title page lists information about the measurements of streets and avenues. The maps and title page have all been mounted on boards with mends to tears, staining on most and some fills in around the margin. The set comes with vintage frames. Mathew Dripps was from Ireland. He became a prominent map publisher based in lower Manhattan and is remembered most for his maps of New York City. His maps are hard to find.Language: English
Book ID: 243963