The Lacquer Screen. A Chinese Detective Story - Robert H. Van Gulik 1964 - Heinemann, London - First English edition (First published by Art Printing Works, Kuala Lumpur, 1962) The ninth book in the Judge Dee series, and chronologically fifth tale, being set in China 664 AD. First published in Kuala Lumpur in 1962, whilst Van Gulik was stationed there as Dutch Ambassador to the federation of Malaya

With ten illustrations from woodblock prints by Van Gulik, and endpapers illustrated in red showing a Chinese screen of four panels,
Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter.
  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.

Octavo (19.1 x 12.8 cm) pp. vii [1] 181 [1] [1 (Postscript)] [1]. In publisher’s purple cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Dust jacket priced 15s NET to front flap.
  Condition: Near fine, small patch of fading to head of spine corresponding with very good dust jacket, small chip to head of lightly toned spine, wear to corners and spine ends.   Ref: 108913   Price: HK$ 2,300