Here's something I've just found out - if I put an eight and follow it with a closing bracket, it transforms itself into a 'smiley face'. Why not, you may well say !
Re my previous post, the correct reference in The Prisoner in the Mask is page 8 !
As I am on, here are a few other thoughts ...
First, Duncan has reminded me that The Golden Spaniard was also the title of one of DW's short stories in Mediterranean Nights. In his preface to the short story, DW describes how he never offered it for publication because as he was writing, he realised the idea was worthy of a full length novel.
The preface to the short story reveals DW considered it one of his best books, so we are in good company. Curiously, at least to me, he considered The Second Seal his best book (Drink & Ink, p252). Steve - I'll look forward to reading a review of TSS in due course !!!
Second, although The Golden Spaniard was one of DW's favourite books, at least until the 1960s, it was one of the least reprinted. While I am sure there will have been plenty of good reasons for this (for example, I recently found out that Hutchinson preferred reprinting the shorter stories to the longer ones), I can't help feeling it must have saddened DW.
At least we're making up for it !