Svidine, Nicholas (translated from the French by Leonard Mayhew) Cossack Gold: The Secret of the White Army Treasure
Boston/Toronto Little, Brown and Company (c.1975, c.1973) 0-316-82330-9 / 9780316823302 1st English-language edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Dick Adelson
[solid clean copy with only minimal handling wear; jacket slightly edgeworn, light soiling to rear panel, small stain at edge of rear panel]. (B&W photographs) Memoir of "the son of a great Cossack family unquestionably loyal to the Czar [Nicholas II]," who was forced to flee Russia during the Revolution. In exile, he eventually found himself "summoned by General Pokrovsky to Burgas, a Bulgarian port on the Black Sea. Pokrovsky, as director of White Army military affairs behind the lines, had been charged with gathering all the deposits of both state and private banks as well as the contents of private estates whose owners were dead or in flight." The author, or so his story goes, was charged with burying this $100 million treasure in "a remote forest." Then, it seems, he spent the rest of his life trying to get back to it -- apparently without success. Serves him right for being a Cossack, I'd say.