Monumental Wall Map of Manhattan
New York: M. Dripps, 1875.
(Map of the City and County of New York Showing Old Farm Lines, Street Numbers, Railroads, Soundings, Bulkhead and Pier Lines) A monumental wall map of Manhattan, New York City, that stands over 9 feet tall and just under 3 feet (33 inches) wide. Hand colored and mounted on linen. Published only two years after Central Park had been completed. This was evidently a real estate map, as it has hand applied labels showing the acreage of future parts in the northern portion of Manhatten into the Bronx, and the old farms that were being developed into suburbs. Dripps was most famous for his maps of NY, of which his smaller folding maps are the most common. Large walls maps are far scarcer due to the labor involved in producing them and the wear and tear that such large maps were naturally subjected to. There is some wear at the top of the map and along the old fold lines with minor loss. The important southern end of Manhattan, however, is in very good condition. vg/--.