'Illustrissimi Wirtembergici Ducalis Novi Collegis quod Tubingae quam Situm quam Studia quam Exercitia Accurata Delinateo' - (something vaguely approximating: An accurate depiction of the illustrious Duke of Württemberg's new college of study exercises at Tübingen)
This album of thirteen engravings of university life in Germany was designed by Johann Christoph Neyffer and the plates were produced by Ludwig Ditzinger somewhere between 1589 and 1600. All the sparse references to this work do describe them as engravings but they appear more like ink/wash drawings to my eye. Of particular note is the second image above showing an early depiction of (real) tennis.
The trouble with the modern education system is that there is far too little attention paid to jousting and quarterstaff combat.
- All of the prints from Neyffer's book are displayed above, sourced from the Bavarian State Library.
- History of Tennis.
- Larsdatter links to images of Medieval and Renaissance ball games.
- The British Library has a copy of the tennis engraving.
- The University of Tübingen (founded in 1477 - Wikipedia).
- Update: Another version of this work (the actual engravings, if, as I suspect, the above images are drawings) is now available from the University of Heidelberg.