At the end of Overture, it's revealed that Desire stole Time's saeculum (sæculum) from Dream, and hid it for Dream to find at a particular time later.

Was this discovery depicted or mentioned in a previous volume?

  • I edited out the SPOILER part, because it doesn't look nice and what you're asking about isn't really an essential part of the plot (not really a spoiler). Commented Feb 12, 2017 at 9:12
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    Thank you for explaining. I was on mobile and unsure of the protocol. meta.scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/968/…
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The Saeculum was found by the next aspect of Dream, who was previously known as Daniel Hall.

This happens some time after the events of the last volume of The Sandman. In Overture, the time period is simply referred to as "now":

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The Saeculum ended up with Mad Hettie, for some reason. Dream finds it in Overture #2, and immediately sends it back to Father (Time).

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In Overture #4 we see that Father has received it. (And here we have the first example of a bootstrap paradox in The Sandman universe)

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  • Thank you. I had thought that the pocket watch found earlier in Overture was the one given to him by Prez Rickard in World's End. But I see now the clues in wording ("now", "cannot argue with time", "not actually you") and illustration (the cards). Hm.
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    Commented Feb 12, 2017 at 18:47

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