Delft in 1580

Lodovico Guicciardini (?)


This map, in several versions, has been attributed to several people between the late 1500's and the mid-1600's. The earliest attribution is to Lodovico Guicciardini (1521–1589), which would mean that it was made somewhere around 1580. A copperplate version was engraved by Pieter van den Keere (Petrus Kaerius, 1571 - c 1646).

This particular version is from Civitates Orbis Terrarum, a six-volume city atlas with 546 maps and illustrations published by Frans Hogenberg and Georg Braun in Cologne between 1572 and 1617.

While it is clearly based on the earlier maps with what look like single gates at either end of the Oude Delft gracht, this is the first map with the Schoolpoort and bridge and with a bridge (but no rampart yet) for the Waterslootse Poort. Funereal-looking boats seem to be leaving the Duyvel's Gat.