Item #36564 Memoires de Paul Jones, o il expose ses principaux services, et rappelle ce qui lui est arrive de plus remarquable pendant le cours de la revolution americaine, particuliarement en Europe, crits par lui-meme en anglais, et traduitssous ses yeux par le citoyen Andr. John Paul. par Andr JONES, J F.

Memoires de Paul Jones, o il expose ses principaux services, et rappelle ce qui lui est arrive de plus remarquable pendant le cours de la revolution americaine, particuliarement en Europe, crits par lui-meme en anglais, et traduitssous ses yeux par le citoyen Andr.

Paris. Chex Louis, Libraire. 1798. 1st Edition. Soft cover. In 8's., 13.2cm, The First Edition, [xix], [1 blank], 244p., with an engraved frontispiece showing the portrait of Jones and a naval battle,in contemporary panelled full calf, gilt decorations and borders in the panels, crushed crimson morocco label, panelled boards in panel borders,the dark outside panel boards are heavily worn (probably caused by the original dye used on this area), marbled endpapers, else a very good to fine copy, very rare.(cgc) The 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. During the 19th century, Jones was idolized as a man of action. He has been the subject of at least 30 biographies and 40 chapbooks. His eventful life inspired such prominent writers as Allan Cunninghan, Alexander Dumas, Herman Melville and Sarah Orne, while Cooper based his Le Pilote on him. The present biography was based on a manuscript titled Journal for the King, translated and edited by Jones's former secretary Benoit Andr. The work rarely comes on the market. Only three copies were sold at auction in the past 30 years, the last one being the James S. Copley copy(Sotheby's, 2010). Graff Collection 2242; Howes J-228; Muller, America1178; Sabin 36559. First edition of the first biography of the Father of the American Navy. Benoit Andr was, for a time, secretary to Jones and apparently this book is a narrative made up from the manuscript Journal for the King, which was translated by Andr and presented by Jones to Louis XVI in 1786. An appendix prints thirty letters to and from Jones,the writers including Washington, Franklin, and "Les Etats-Unis, Assembles en Congres." Title translates as: Memoirs of Paul Jones, where he exhibited his principal services, and recalls what happened to him more remarkable during the course of the American Revolution,particularly in Europe, written by himself in English, and brought before him by the citizen Andr. Near Fine. Item #36564

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