THE BIGGLES BOOK

OF TREASURE HUNTING

First Published in 1962 - 144 Pages

Stories from this book were EXTENSIVELY re-written and published in ten parts in the “Ranger” Magazine – issues dated 18th September 1965 to 20th November 1965

The re-written “facts” contain different versions of the stories.  You can find out more by clicking here

 

This contains thirteen chapters. These are:-

 

FORWARD (a short essay by W. E. Johns)

 

1. WHY THERE ARE TREASURES

A run down of why people sought to bury and hide their wealth before there were banks.

2. TREASURE TROVE

The law of treasure trove and why it initially led to valuable finds not being declared.

3. THE HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

Details of the Spanish conquest of South America.

4. COCOS - A REAL TREASURE ISLAND

The stories of how and why Captain Edward Davis, Captain Bartholemew Sharp and Captain Thompson came to bury treasure on Cocos Island.

This was extensively re-written and published in issue 5 of “Ranger” Magazine – issue dated 16th October 1965 – you can see the illustration by clicking here

5. HORRIBLE TRINIDAD

Not to be confused with Trinidad in the West Indies, this is an island where it is very hard to land.

This was extensively re-written and published in issue 1 of “Ranger” Magazine – issue dated 18th September 1965 – you can see the illustration by clicking here

6. A HILL STUFFED WITH GOLD

The story of how and why Jesuits hid their wealth in a man made mountain.

This was extensively re-written and published in issue 7 of “Ranger” Magazine – issue dated 30th October 1965 – you can see the illustration by clicking here

7. THE STORY OF EL DORADO

The story of the famous mythical city and the efforts to drain the lake of gold.

This was extensively re-written and published in issue 6 of “Ranger” Magazine – issue dated 23rd October 1965 – you can see the illustration by clicking here

8. HISPANIOLA'S LOST MILLIONS

The story of King Christophe and the wealth he had on the island of St. Dominique.

This was extensively re-written and published in issue 3 of “Ranger” Magazine – issue dated 2nd October 1965 – you can see the illustration by clicking here

9. TREASURES UNDER THE SEA

Stories of sunken ships containing fortunes in gold.

This was extensively re-written and published in issue 8 of “Ranger” Magazine – issue dated 6th November 1965 – you can see the illustration by clicking here

10. A HUNCH THAT PAID OFF

The story of how Captain William Phipps located and recovered treasure from a sunken wreck.

11. LEGENDS AND TREASURES

Various stories and legends of the hiding and finding of varied treasures.

12. MORE PIRATE LOOT

The stories of Captain Misson and Captain Thomas Tew and their base on Madagascar.

13. FORTUNES WON AND LOST

Treasure in the Everglades in Florida.

This was extensively re-written and published in issue 4 of “Ranger” Magazine – issue dated 9th October 1965 – you can see the illustration by clicking here

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

The dust cover of the book shows the explosion that sunk the 'Florencia' from chapter nine.

 

The Biggles Book of Treasure Hunting

Published by Max Parrish

 

First Edition

 

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