Discovered a small collection of early 1950's Sexton Blake mysteries at a second hand furniture shop - they were irresistible! This particular story gets really good reviews on the Sexton Blake archive webside, http://www.sextonblake.co.uk/blakebibliography_1950.html#sbl3_208 . Eric Parker (1898-1974) illustrated most of the covers between the mid 1930's and 1950's and they are all stunning so I'll be posting some more in the next few days.
I came across this one the other day at a bookshop in Edinburgh - mint condition and not badly priced either. For anybody not familiar with the story of its publication and the havoc it sparked off when thousands of readers went out treasure hunting for the jewelled golden hare in the story, here's the Wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masquerade_(book)
Meanwhile you can spend hours looking for all the hidden meanings and messages in these pictures...
This was originally published by Andersen Press in 1980. I bought this book in 1989 as soon I saw it at Waterstones - needless to say it wasn't a present for any child as I didn't have any then!. Great characters, amazing line drawings and colours. Steadman has always been an inspiration to me and this is quite different than the political work he is best known for, which makes it rather special.