RIESEBERG, Harry E., Lieut.
Title: Treasure Hunter.
Publisher:  Robert M. McBride & Company, New York , 1945,
Seller ID: 89786
RIESEBERG, Harry E., Lieut. Treasure Hunter. New York : Robert M. McBride &Company, (December 1945). Second Printing. Pp -260, frontis + 16 pp pla tes. Index. 8vo, blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine. In this new book theauthor tells the exciting story of undersea treasure hunting and of great treasure hunters of history, beginning with the master treasure hunter of them all Sir William Phips. The story of Phips in characteristically American. He began his seafaring life in Boston during the seventeenth century; he rose to become captain of his own ship, and he performed one of the greatest feats in the history of salvaging. How he was first fired by the storyof the great Spanish Plate Fleet which had floundered with untold treasure forty years before iin the Caribbean; how he prevailed upon King Charles o f England to give him command of a royal frigate, and how after failure andimprisonment, he finally salvaged a treasure valued at a million and a hal f dollars, and was knighted and made Governor of Massachusetts Colony, is told here in an account as moving and engrossing as a dramatic historical novel. With the impetus which Phips gave to undersea salvaging, other treasure hunters sprang up and expeditions were fitted out. Lieutenant Rieseberg highlights the whole period with accounts of the most outstanding achievements, and brings his narrative down to modern times with thrilling descriptions of the salvaging of fabulous treasure from the sunken giant ocean liners, Egypt and Niagara. - from the dustjacket. Circular stains to front board, light foxing to endpapers, else very good in edgeworn and foxed, but unclipped, dustjacket. 16.00