Poets and Murder. A Chinese Detective Story - Robert H. Van Gulik 1968 - Heinemann, London - First Edition The seventeenth and last book in the Judge Dee series, and chronologically the sixteenth tale, being set in China 669 AD.

With eight woodblock illustrations by Van Gulik, and illustrated endpapers showing a
Bird’s-Eye View Of The Residence Of Lo-Kwan-Choong, Magistrate of The District Of Chin-Hwa.
  Dr. Robert Hans Van Gulik (1910-67) got his Ph.D. in Oriental languages at the age of 24, knew fluently about fifteen languages, produced a vast body of sometimes groundbreaking scholarly works on (mainly) Chinese culture, achieved a high proficiency in Chinese calligraphy and in playing the Chinese lute, very much like a mandarin of old times. His collection of Chinese artifacts and rare books merited a specific sale at Christie’s in 1983. Whilst doing all this he rose to become Netherlands ambassador to Japan before retiring, with his pet gibbon.

pp. vii [1] 174 [2]. In publisher’s black cloth, spine titled in gilt. Dust jacket priced at 21s net to front flap.
  Condition: Near fine, light foxing to top edge, in near fine jacket with moderate rubbing to edges.   Ref: 106097   Price: HK$ 1,600