Top: arabesque decoration with foliated border and floriated center motif.
Bottom: decorative panel with figures of lions pouncing on antelopes. This ornament is commented as follows by the author:
Is an elegant arabesque, copied from the side of a square fountain, placed against a wall in the Alhamrā near the Torre de la Velha. The animals are lions, fawns, and badgers, executed in stucco, and in a style highly honourable to the Arabian artist.
The title page of this book mentions 1813 as the date of publication and it is the one we chose to follow, as being officially provided by the publisher. It should be noted, however, that every plate in the book comes with the following inscription:
London. Published by Cadell & Davies. June 1st. 1815.
In addition, the page facing the first illustration mentions the “just published” History of the Mahometan Empire in Spain by Thomas Hartwell Horne, a book which was first published in 1816. Therefore, it doesn’t seem unreasonable to believe that the actual date of publication of the edition presented here might have been 1816 and not 1813.