Inscribed on the album page below the design, in brown ink, "Improvisa lethi vis (title) / Frústrà crúento marte carebimús / Fractisque raúci flúctibus Adriae / Frústrà per aútúmnos nocentem/ Corporibús metúemús Austrum" (In vain shall we escape from bloody Mars and from the breakers of the roaring Atlantic; in vain through autumn tide shall we fear the southwind that brings our bodies harm). The title is from Horace, "Odes", Book II, 13, lines 19-20. The text is from "Odes", Book II, 14, lines 13-16.
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. 97, no. 209.
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).