Inscribed in plate, top center: "Vbi Inletabilitas ibi Virtus"; bottom center: "Si stampano in Roma per Gio: Dom.co Rossi alla Pace all Insegna di Parigi Con licenza de Superiori" Inscribed in plate, on book in image: "G. BENED. to/CAS." Verso, inscribed in graphite, UR: "3"; LC: "[?] Gio. Bened. Castiglione" Watermark indecipherable.
Two kneeling winged figures in niches on the first level of this design flank a tree growing at the top of a small doorway. These elements are contained within a larger structure with pilasters and a coifered ceiling. Above the ceiling are two winged figures holding small branches. Situated directly above the tree on the first level are a coat of arms surmounted by a crown and another, larger crown sits above the architecture.
This design for an altar combines both classical and Christian emblems. An architectural setting shows two niches, each occupied by two kneeling angels. Between them, growing at the center of a broken pediment, is a plant--perhaps a reference to Christ as the Tree of Life. Above are two classical winged nike/victory figures, each also holding a branch with leaves.
Inscribed l.c. in brown ink: F.co Romulo-Cn. 21 Julio 1629 (recto); in brown ink:.... (illegible) Romulo Cincinato (sic) (verso). There is a more detailed inscription on the verso which identifies Francesco Romulo Cincinato as the son of the Florentine artist Romulo Cincinnato, who worked in Madrid.
Signed and dated in plate: I˘B˘Cipriani/MDCCLXVII. Inscription: IONATHAN MAYHEW, D˘D˘PASTOR OF THE WEST CHVRCH IN BOSTON, IN NEW ENGLAND, AN ASSERTOR OF THE CIVIL AND RELIGIOVS LIBERTIES OF HIS COVNTRY AND MANKIND, WHO OVERPLIED BY PVBLIC ENERGIES, DIED OF A NERVOVS FEVER, IVLY VIIII, MDCCLXVI, AGED XXXXV Inscription (in wreath): REMARKS ON AN ANON˘TRACT/P˘LXXXII/ I AM INDEED A POOR MAN