Those Lost Treasures

#C-8372
Wolf, Fred Sr.

Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Harry Rieseberg, Florencia, Port Royal, Spanish Armada, Roscoe Thompson, Howard Lightbourn, Art Mckee, William Phips, Concepcion
Size: 6″ x 8.5″
Pages: 80
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published by the author, Hallandale, Florida (circa 1950), in paperback.
Description: This book includes about 30 sunken and buried treasure tales, as well as several pirate stories. The stories include Harry E. Rieseberg, noted treasure diver and author; the Spanish Armada shipwreck, “Florencia”; Williams Phips and his salvage of the “Concepcion”; Art Mckee and his salvage of the 1733 Fleet in the Florida Keys; Port Royal, Jamaica; and describes the salvage of a silver bar in the Bahamas by Roscoe Thompson and Howard Lightbourn. The book ends with “Tom Christ and the Treasure Box”, a fictional story written by Howard Pyle.

Diving for Treasure and Other Adventures Beneath the Sea

#C-8290
Williams, G.

Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Laurentic, Lutine, Merida, Florencia, Tubantia, Grosvenor, Vigo Bay Galleons, Spanish Armada
Comments: Illustrated
Size: 6″ x 9″
Pages: 157
Editions: The first edition (First Published – stated) was published by Faber and Gwyer, London (1926), in hardback (I’ve never seen a dust jacket but there may have been one).
Description: This early book is mostly about sunken treasure, including chapters about the “Lutine”, the “Laurentic”, the “Merida”, the Spanish Armada wreck “Florencia”, the “Tubantia”, the “Grosvenor” and the Vigo Bay wrecks. There are also chapters about salvage methods and raising wrecks.  An excellent book.

Hunting Hidden Treasures

#C-8210
Wilkins, Harold T.

Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Florencia, Laurentic, Concepcion, William Phips
Comments: Illustrated
Size: 8.25″ x 5.5″
Pages: 255
Editions: The first edition (stated) was published by E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc., New York City (1929), in hardback with a dust jacket. There was also a second printing (stated) in 1929, in hardback with a dust jacket.
Description: This book recounts numerous treasures and treasure hunts around the world, including the following sunken treasures: “Florencia”, “Laurentic”, and “Concepcion”. There is also a section on the Manila galleons. As with all of Harold Wilkins books, this book includes a large number of treasures, but doesn’t include a lot of detail about any one treasure.

Divers and Diving

#C-8172
Whyte, Adam Gowans

Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Laurentic, Lutine, Vigo Bay Galleons, Egypt, Florencia, Spanish Armada, Lethbridge
Comments: Illustrated
Size: 5″ x 7.5″
Pages: 128
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published by Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, London (1938), in hardback with pictorial boards.
Description: While this is primarily a hard hat diving book, it tells the story of salvaging the “Laurentic”, “Egypt”, Vigo Bay galleons, “Lutine”, and the Spanish Armada ship, “Florencia”.

Deep-Sea Salvage

#C-8170
Whyte, A. Gowans and Robert L. Hadfield

Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Egypt, Grosvenor, Thetis, Florencia, Vigo Bay Galleons, Merida, Lutine, Spanish Armada
Comments: Author’s last name is spelled “Whyte” on the title page, but is spelled “White” on the spine of the book; illustrated
Size: 6″ x 9″
Pages: 244
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published by Sampson Low, Marston & Co. Ltd., London (1933), in hardback with a dust jacket.
Description: This book is primarily about salvage, as opposed to sunken treasure, but contains a good amount of information about the efforts made to recover treasure from the “Egypt”, the “Grosvenor”, the “Thetis”, the “Florencia”, the Vigo Bay galleons, the “Merida”, and the “Lutine”.

Secret Treasure – Hidden Riches of the British Isles

#C-7970
Verrill, A. Hyatt

Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Spanish Armada, Florencia, Laurentic
Comments: Illustrated
Size: 5.5″ x 8.25″
Pages: 252
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published by D. Appleton and Company, New York City (1931), in hardback with a dust jacket.
Description: This book is primarily about land treasures, but includes a chapter about sunken treasure. This chapter tells the story of the “Florencia” and the many attempts to salvage its treasure, and of the successful salvage of the “Laurentic”.

Great Mysteries of Lost Treasures

#C-7890
Ulrich, Paul, Edmond Bergheaud, Pierre Nouaille, and Francis Mercury

ISBN/ISSN: 2829500008
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Spanish Armada, Florencia, Vigo Bay Galleons, William Phips, Concepcion
Comments: Illustrated
Size: 4.75″ x 7.25″
Pages: 252
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published by Pleasant Valley Press/Ferni Publishing House, Geneva, Switzerland (1979), in hardback with no dust jacket (quarter leather red binding). The book states, “This Edition Is Reserved for Pleasant Valley Press” and is the only edition I have seen.
Description: Of the 10 chapters in this book, 3 include sunken treasure. There are chapters on the the Spanish Armada wreck of the “Florencia” (the Tobermory galleon), the galleons at Vigo Bay, Spain, and William Phips’ successful salvage of the “Concepcion” in 1687.

Learning About Hidden Treasure

#C-7790
Townsend, Lucy

ISBN/ISSN: 0516065491
Library of Congress: 87-9396
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Florencia, Royal Oak, Vigo Bay Galleons, Atocha, 1622 Fleet, Great Basses Reef Wreck, Arthur C. Clarke
Comments: Juvenile; illustrated
Size: 8.25″ x 9.5″
Pages: 47
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published simultaneously by the Childrens Press, Chicago and Regensteiner Publishing Enterprises, Inc., Canada (1987), in hardback with a pictorial binding (no dust jacket issued).
Description: This juvenile book includes stories about pirates, buried treasure, the Tobermory galleon (“Florencia”), the “Royal Oak”, the Vigo Bay galleons, the “Atocha”, and a Sri Lankan sunken treasure recovered by Arthur C. Clarke (of “2001 Space Odyssey” fame).

Buried Treasure

#C-6770
Rutley, C. Bernard

Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Florencia, Spanish Armada, William Phips, Concepcion, Grosvenor, Telemaque, General Grant
Comments: The Laurel and Gold Series – Volume 96
Size: 4.25″ x 6.25″
Pages: 158
Editions: The first edition (stated) was published by Collins Clear-Type Press, UK (1941) in hardback. The copies I’ve seen don’t have a dust jacket, but there may have been one. There were at least 6 impressions of the book, all stated.
Description: This book is about both buried and sunken treasures, contrary to its title. There are chapters about the Spanish Armada shipwreck, “Florencia”; William Phips and his salvage of the “Concepcion”; the South African wreck, “Grosvenor”; the French wreck, “Telemaque”; and the “General Grant”, which sank in the Auckland Islands (south of New Zealand).