The Secret by Sean Kelly and Ted Mann. Sculpture by JoEllen Trilling. Developed and edited by Byron Preiss. Illustrations by John Jude Palencar, John Pierard and Overton Loyd. Photographed by Ben Asen. Designed by Alex Jay. Bantam Books. ISBN-10: 0553014080. Stated: A Bantam Book/ November1982. Complete number line from 1-9 ending with 0 (Probably meaning '10'). 224 pages. 6" x 9". Paperback. Light cover edge wear. Moderate wear on the spine. A light bend to the front cover corner and the first few pages. Light speckles of spotting (maybe dust soiling) on the top and leading edge of the page block. No creasing to spine or covers. No previous owner markings. No tears, folds or creases to pages. Binding is tight with some 'snap'. It is possible this book has never been fully opened, let alone read. Not ex-library, not remaindered and not a facsimile reprint. For sale by Jon Wobber, bookseller since 1978. EK23a
"THE TALE - The tale begins over three-hundred years ago, when the Fair People--the goblins, fairies, dragons, and other fabled and fantastic creatures of a dozen lands--fled the Old World for the New, seeking haven from the ways of Man. With them came their precious jewels: diamonds, rubies, emeralds, pearls. But then the Fair People vanished, taking with them their twelve fabulous treasures. And they remained hidden until now... THE TWELVE TREASURES - Across North America, these twelve treasures, over ten-thousand dollars in precious jewels in 1982 dollars, are buried. The key to finding each can be found within the twelve full-color paintings and verses of THE SECRET." blurb from the book
"Are you smart enough?THE SECRET: A TREASURE HUNT was published in 1982. The year before publication, the author and publisher Byron Preiss had traveled to 12 locations in the continental U.S. (and possibly Canada) to secretly bury a dozen ceramic casques. Each casque contained a small key that could be redeemed for one of 12 jewels Preiss kept in a safe deposit box in New York. The key to finding the casques was to match one of 12 paintings to one of 12 poetic verses, solve the resulting riddle, and start digging. Since 1982, only three of the 12 casques have been recovered. The first was located in Grant Park, Chicago, in 1984 by a group of students. The second was unearthed in 2004 in Cleveland by two members of the Quest4Treasure forum, and the third was found in Boston in 2019 by a father and his two children. Preiss was killed in an auto accident in the summer of 2005, but the hunt for his casques continues." from another book seller on ABEbooks.