Paris, 1st.ed., 1987 (English text). 127 pp., profusely illustrated with drawings, (some cold.), plans, etc. D.j., 31 x 24cm. V.G.+. Ever since John Paul Jones's ship BONHOMME RICHARD sank off Flamborough Head in 1779 after a fierce fight with HMS SERAPIS whom she defeated, there has been speculation about her appearance. Contemporary paintings and engravings are inaccurate, manuscript records are sketchy, and her original plans have not survived. Over a period of 200 years the evidence has been dispersed and is now to be found in public and private collections in France, England and America. The BONHOMME RICHARD was a French ship lent by Louis XVI to the young American Navy. In this book Jean Boudriot reconstructs the ship timber by timber in a succession of detailed drawings and plans, showing for the first time since the 18th century the true appearance of the vessel. He also gives a detailed account of her hard and bloody fight with HMS SERAPIS. Invaluable for model-makers too.