Treasure Hunting

#C-7400
Steiger, Brad

Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Le Chameau, Atlantic, Merida, Hussar, Rommel
Comments: Includes listing of treasures by state
Size: 4.25″ x 7″
Pages: 187
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published by Ace Books, New York City (1967), in paperback.
Description: This book tells the story of 34 lost, buried and sunken treasures, with a few pages being devoted to each…and then lists 150 lost treasures on a state-by-state basis. Sunken treasure stories include “Le Chameau”, the “Atlantic”, the “Merida”, the “Hussar”, and Rommel’s lost treasure from World War II dumped off the island of Corsica.

Treasure Seekers

#C-6670
Roden, Hans

Library of Congress: 67-23088
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Egypt, Lutine, Hampshire, Oceana, Vigo Bay Galleons, Florencia, Spanish Armada, Grosvenor, Telemaque, Rommel
Comments: Illustrated
Size: 5.75″ x 8.5″
Pages: 208
Editions: The first edition was published by Koehlers Verlagsgesellschaft, Jugenheim/Bergstrasse (1963) under the title “Schatzsucher”. The first English language edition (First Published in Great Britain – stated) was published by George C. Harrap & Co. Ltd., London (1966), in hardback with a dust jacket. The first US edition was published by Walker and Company, New York City (1967), in hardback with a dust jacket.
Description: This book tells the story of buried and sunken treasures, both lost and found.  Approximately two-thirds of the book concerns sunken treasure, including the “Lutine”, “Oceana”, “HMS Hampshire”, Vigo Bay galleons, “Florencia”, “Grosvenor”, “Telemaque”, and Rommel’s World War II treasure lost off the coast of Corsica.

Lost Treasure Ships of the Twentieth Century

#C-6290
Pickford, Nigel

ISBN/ISSN: 0792274725
Library of Congress: 99-14514
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Awa Maru, Edinburgh, John Barry, I-52, Laurentic, Rommel
Comments: Includes a glossary, maps and bibliography; illustrated
Size: 9.5″ x 11″
Pages: 192
Editions: The first edition (First Published in Great Britain – stated) was published by Pavillion Books, London (1999), in both hardback with a dust jacket and paperback. The first US edition (not stated) was published by the National Geographic Society, Washington, DC (1999), also in hardback with a dust jacket. A paperback edition was published by Pavilion Books, London (2001).
Description: This book is a very well written overview of the sinking and salvage of 17 ships that sank between 1900 and 1999 with treasure aboard. It includes the “Laurentic”, “HMS Edinburgh”, “USS John Barry”, “Awa Maru”, Rommel’s gold that was sunk during WWII off the coast of Corsica, and the I-52 Japanese submarine. The author is the son of one of the former principals of the famous UK salvage company, Risdon Beazley Ltd.  One of the “Top 75 Books”.

Hidden Treasures

#C-5760
Melegari, Vezio

ISBN/ISSN: 000100168X
Library of Congress: 72-1893
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Rommel, Vigo Bay Galleons, Egypt
Comments: Adolescent; includes a bibliography; illustrated
Size: 7.25″ x 10.25″
Pages: 128
Editions: The first edition (stated) was published simultaneously by Collins Publishers, London and Franklin Watts, New York City (1972), in hardback with a pictorial binding.
Description: This adolescent book overviews some of the more famous lost treasures, and includes one chapter on “Treasures of the Deep”. It tells of the “Egypt” salvage in the 1930s; the attempted salvage of the galleons sunk at Vigo Bay, Spain; and the search for Rommel’s lost World War II treasure in the waters off Corsica.

Treasure Trove – Where to find the Great Lost Treasures of the World

#C-3920
Haydock, Tim

ISBN/ISSN: 0947795308
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Rommel, Rhossili Bay wreck
Comments: Illustrated
Size: 7.75″ x 10″
Pages: 160
Editions: The first edition (First Published in Great Britain – stated) was published by Fourth Estate, London (1986), in hardback with a dust jacket. The first US edition was published by Henry Holt & Co., New York City (1986), in paperback.
Description: While almost the entirety of this book is devoted to land treasures, it does describe two sunken treasures. The first is the gold that Field Marshall Rommel captured in Africa during World War II, and dumped in the ocean off Corsica to avoid capture. The second treasure described is an unknown Spanish galleon wrecked in Rhossili Bay of South Wales.

The Mystery of Rommel’s Gold

#C-3753
Haining, Peter

ISBN/ISSN: 1861056842
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Rommel
Comments: Illustrated
Size: 6.25” x 9.5”
Pages: 221
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published by Robson Books, London (2004), in hardback with a dust jacket.
Description: This book explores the history of “Rommel’s Gold”, a World War II treasure cache, and the many who have searched for it.  The gold was supposedly dumped overboard by the Germans off the coast of Corsica to protect it from falling into the hands of the Allies, but it has never been found.

Living Like a Lord

#C-3530
Godley, John

Library of Congress: 56-5056
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Rommel
Size: 5.75″ x 8.75″
Pages: 263
Editions: The first edition (stated) was published by Victor Gollancz Ltd., London (1955), in hardback with a dust jacket. A US edition was published by the Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston (1956), in hardback with a dust jacket.
Description: This book is the autobiography of Lord Kilbracken (John Godley). One chapter tells the complete history of the dumping of Rommel’s North African treasure in the ocean off Corsica during the latter days of WWII…and the subsequent salvage attempts.

Wall of Silence

#C-3060
Eton, Peter and James Leasor

Library of Congress: 60-7675
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Rommel
Comments: Same book as “Conspiracy of Silence” (#C-3050)
Size: 5.5″ x 8.5″
Pages: 268
Editions: The first edition (stated) was published by the Bobbs-Merrill Company, Indianapolis, Indiana (1960), in hardback with a dust jacket. The first UK edition (First Published – stated) was published by Angus & Robertson Ltd., London (1960), in hardback with a dust jacket under the title, “Conspiracy of Silence”.
Description: This book tells the story of two missing World War II Nazi treasures. One is a land treasure story that begins in Yugoslavia and winds through Italy, and the other is the story of the gold Rommel captured in Africa, which is alleged to have been dumped in the ocean off Corsica to avoid its capture.