Paul Jones: A Naval Hero of the American Independence  

London publisher Dean & Son issued James Ward’s Paul Jones: A Naval Hero of the American Independence as part of its Deeds of Daring Library. Although not necessarily a juvenile work, it was certainly geared to attract teenage boys. Its stiff colored paper covers and stock wood engravings indicate it was an inexpensive edition produced for the mass market. The publisher exhibited little concern for the accuracy of the illustrations, as exemplified by "Unfurling the American Flag," which clearly dates from the American Civil War, not the American Revolution. The image used for the battle between the Serapis and the Bonhomme Richard is probably a depiction of a sea battle from the early 1700s. Yet the engraving of John Paul Jones used in this edition is based upon Charles Willson Peale’s 1781 portrait.

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