"Life and Correspondence of John Paul Jones, Including His
Narrative of the Campaign of the Liman. From Original Letters and Manuscripts,
in the Possession of Miss Janette Taylor"
Published in New York in
1830. No publisher names, stereotyped by A. Chandler, final page notes D.
Fanshaw, printer. Original leather cover with gilt spine title, general
wear as shown above, hinges repaired, missing end papers and engraved frontis of
Jones. 555pp, text clean and tight, minimum foxing and soiling, no library marks
or labels. There is some pencil jottings inside the front and back covers that
have been mostly erased.
Although his naval career never saw him
above the rank of Captain in the
Continental Navy after his victory over the
Serapis with the
Bonhomme Richard, John Paul Jones remains the first
genuine American Naval hero, as well as a highly regarded
battle commander. His later service in the Russian Navy as
an admiral showed the mark of genius that enabled him to
defeat the Serapis.
During his engagement with
Serapis, Jones uttered, according to
the later recollection of his First
Lieutenant, the legendary reply to a quip
about surrender from the British captain: "I
have not yet begun to fight!"
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