2 PAUL JONES/ First naval commander American Revolution 106


Description: JONES, John Paul.
Mémoires de Paul Jones, où il expose ses principaux services, et rappelle ce qui lui est arrivé de plus remarquable pendant le cours de la révolution américaine, particulièrement en Europe.
Paris, Louis (colophon: printed by Delance), 1798. 12mo. With engraved frontispiece showing the portrait of Jones and a naval battle. Contemporary, mottled, tanned sheepskin, gold-tooled spine.
€ 6,500
First edition of the first biography of John Paul Jones, famous naval fighter in the American Revolutionary War, born in Scotland. In his early years, Jones served aboard a number of merchant vessels, but his life took an important turn when he emigrated to North America. From 1775 onwards, Jones made an impressive career in the Continental Navy. As commander of the Ranger and later the Bonhomme Richard, Jones vigorously and successfully fought the British, an achievement for which he was honoured with a gold medal by the Continental Congress (while in Britain he was regarded as a pirate). After a period in the service of Empress Catherine the Great of Russia, during which he repulsed the Ottomans in the Black Sea, Jones sailed for France, spending his last years in Paris.
Negligible waterstain the lower margin of pp. 61-74 and some faint thumbing to the half-title and back of the title-page, otherwise in fine condition. Bind rubbed along the hinges, but still good.
Graff Collection 2242; Howes J-228; Muller, America 1178; Sabin 36559.
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