Inscribed on the album page below the design, in brown ink, "Ne quid últra vires coneris (title) / Vis consilii expers mole rúit suâ, / Vim temperatam Dii quoque provehúnt / in majús, iidem oderê vires / Omne nefas animo moventes" (Brute force bereft of wisdom falls to ruin by its own weight. Power with counsel tempered, even the gods make greater. But might that in its soul is bent on all impiety, they hate). The text is from Horace, "Odes", Book III, 4, lines 65-68.
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. 93, no. 195.
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).