Inscribed on the album page below the design, in brown ink, "Festina lentè (title)/ - ridiculum acri/ Fortiús et meliús magnas plerúmqúe secat res" (Jesting oft cuts hard knots more forcefully and effectively than gravity). The text is from Horace, "Satires", Book I, 10, lines 14-15.
Netherlandish drawings of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries and Flemish drawings of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in the Pierpont Morgan Library / Felice Stampfle ; with the assistance of Ruth S. Kraemer and Jane Shoaf Turner. New York : The Library, 1991, p. 77, no. 143.
Watermark: since the drawings are laid down, no watermarks, if any, are visible, even with fiber-optic light.
Engraved in reverse, 1607.
Also see records on Van Veen Album (III, 146-157).