Modern Buried Treasure Hunters

#C-8220
Wilkins, Harold T.

Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Merida, Le Chameau, De Braak, General Grant, Gilt Dragon, Batavia, Grosvenor
Comments: Illustrated
Size: 5.75″ x 9″
Pages: 293
Editions: This book was published by Philip Allan & Co. Ltd., London (1934), in hardback with a dust jacket. The book was also published by E.P. Dutton & Co., New York City (no date) in hardback with a dust jacket. I suspect the UK edition is the first edition since the US edition was “made and printed in Great Britain” and the author resided in the UK.
Description: This book recounts the treasure of the Incas (which the Spanish plundered) and the famous Cocos Island buried treasure…then goes on to describe treasures in North America, Asia and Australia, Africa and Tropical Seas. While the majority of the book is about land treasures, many treasure wrecks are mentioned, including the “Merida”, “Le Chameau”, the “HMS De Braak”, the “General Grant”, the “Gilt Dragon”, the “Batavia”, and the “Grosvenor”. As with all of Harold Wilkins books, it is a little light on the details.

Pieces of Eight

#C-8040
Wagner, Kip and L.B. Taylor, Jr.

Library of Congress: 66-11563
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: 1715 Fleet
Comments: Illustrated
Size: 9.5″ x 6.25″
Pages: 221
Editions: The first edition (stated) was published simultaneously by E.P. Dutton & Co., New York City and Clarke, Irwin & Company Limited, Toronto (1966), in hardback with a dust jacket. The most desirable copies are the ones signed by all nine participants in the Real Eight Corporation and L.B. Taylor, Jr. (all pictured on the back of the dust jacket). A second printing (stated) was published in 1967, a third printing (stated) was published in 1968, and a fourth printing (stated) was published in 1972 (all in hardback with a dust jacket). The first UK edition (not stated) was published Longmans, Green and Co. Ltd., London (1967) in hardback with a dust jacket. A Spanish language edition was published by
Editorial Juventud, S.A., Barcelona (1971), under the title, “Milliones Bajo el Mar:  Recuperacion de las Riquezas de una Flota de la Tesoreria Espanola Perdida en un Naufragio”, in hardback with a dust jacket.  A paperback edition was published in the US by Florida Classics Library, Port Salerno, Florida (1998).
Description: This book is story of the finding and partial salvage of the 1715 Fleet of 10 sunken Spanish galleons off Vero Beach, Florida in the 1960’s…told by the original salvor. Kip Wagner’s story started the underwater treasure hunting craze in Florida. This is one of the most collectible of all sunken treasure books in the US and is One of the “Top 75 Books”.

Pieces of Eight

#C-8040
Wagner, Kip and L.B. Taylor, Jr.

Library of Congress: 66-11563
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: 1715 Fleet
Comments: Illustrated
Size: 9.5″ x 6.25″
Pages: 221
Editions: The first edition (stated) was published simultaneously by E.P. Dutton & Co., New York City and Clarke, Irwin & Company Limited, Toronto (1966), in hardback with a dust jacket. The most desirable copies are the ones signed by all nine participants in the Real Eight Corporation and L.B. Taylor, Jr. (all pictured on the back of the dust jacket). A second printing (stated) was published in 1967, a third printing (stated) was published in 1968, and a fourth printing (stated) was published in 1972 (all in hardback with a dust jacket). The first UK edition (not stated) was published Longmans, Green and Co. Ltd., London (1967) in hardback with a dust jacket. A Spanish language edition was published by
Editorial Juventud, S.A., Barcelona (1971), under the title, “Milliones Bajo el Mar:  Recuperacion de las Riquezas de una Flota de la Tesoreria Espanola Perdida en un Naufragio”, in hardback with a dust jacket.  A paperback edition was published in the US by Florida Classics Library, Port Salerno, Florida (1998).
Description: This book is story of the finding and partial salvage of the 1715 Fleet of 10 sunken Spanish galleons off Vero Beach, Florida in the 1960’s…told by the original salvor. Kip Wagner’s story started the underwater treasure hunting craze in Florida. This is one of the most collectible of all sunken treasure books in the US and is One of the “Top 75 Books”.

The Manila Galleon

#C-6910
Schurz, William Lytle

Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Manila Galleon
Size: 6.5″ x 9.75″
Pages: 453
Editions: The first edition (stated) was published by E.P. Dutton & Co., New York City (1939), in in hardback with a dust jacket. Paperback editions were published by E.P. Dutton & Co., New York City (1959), and the Historical Conservation Society, Manila, Philippines (1985).
Description: This scholarly book documents the Manila galleons, i.e., the Spanish trading ships that crossed the Pacific Ocean from Acapulco, Mexico to Manila, Philippines (and back) from 1565 to 1815. The book is not for casual reading, but is very much in demand by treasure hunters in that it documents each of the Manila galleons lost. The first edition is very collectible.

Fathoms Below

#C-5720
Meier, Frank

Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Egypt, Orinoco
Comments: Illustrated
Size: 5.75″ x 8.25″
Pages: 319
Editions: The first edition (stated) was published by E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc., New York City (1943), in hardback with a dust jacket. An Armed Services Edition was published in paperback by the Council on Books in Wartime/E.P Dutton & Co., New York City (1943).
Description: This book is primarily about salvage and wreckers, including operations on the “Maine” and “Normandie”. The book also devotes a chapter to the “Egypt” salvage in the 1930’s and a chapter to the salvage of silver bars from the “Orinoco”.