Dashing Paul Jones, the Hero of the Colonial Navy
The David McKay Company of Philadelphia, founded in 1882, issued Dashing Paul Jones, the Hero of the Colonial Navy as part of its Boys of Liberty Library. Begun in the 1890s, this clothbound series was one of the firm’s better-known juvenile sets. McKay’s list of titles reached 700 in 1905, including 160 children’s books. The company also published The Newbery Classics and the Golden Books for Children, illustrated by N.C. Wyeth and John Cameron. Several authors contributed to the Boys of Liberty Library, including Harrie Irving Hancock who wrote, for another publisher, the Dave Darrin Series, four of which follow the fictional character’s years at the Naval Academy.