The Chinese Lake Murders. Three Cases Solved By Judge Dee. A Chinese detective story suggested by original ancient Chinese plots - Robert H. Van Gulik 1960 - Michael Joseph, London - First English Edition published simultaneously with the American Edition The fifth book in the Judge Dee series, and chronologically sixth tale, being set in China 666 AD.

A courtesan performs a bewitching dance aboard a flower boat and minutes later is discovered drowned in the waters of a haunted lake... A bride dies on her wedding night and incredibly disappears from her sealed and guarded casket... And soon all the town of Han-yuan murmurs with the whisper of a dreaded, forbidden name - White Lotus. Judge Dee investigates the strange happenings at Han-yuan that begin with a guilty love and lead to a treasonous plot against the Mandate to Heaven.

With twelve illustrations and a plan of a flower boat from woodblock prints, and endpapers illustrated in orange with a
View of Han-yuan to the front and a flower boat to the rear, in Chinese style by Van Gulik.
  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 artefacts 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.

Octavo (book size 19.1x12.4cm), pp. 270 [2]. In publisher’s dark blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine, endpapers illustrated in red. Dust jacket designed by the author, priced ‘15s net’ to lower corner of front flap.
  Condition: Near fine, light soiling to top edge, minor foxing to front endpapers, and fore-edge, in very good dust jacket, colours bright, 1cm chip to head of spine, moderate soiling to rear panel, and a few spots to the flaps.   Ref: 108854   Price: HK$ 2,000