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 illustrations from woodblock prints by Van Gulik (one of which is double-page), and illustrated endpapers in Chinese style by Van Gulik 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.

Octavo (20.2 x 13.4 cm) pp. vii [1] 174 [2]. In publisher’s charcoal cloth, spine titled in gilt. Dust jacket priced at 21s net to front flap.
  Condition: Near fine, light spotting to foredge, in very good plus dust jacket, light rubbing to folds, and wear to spine ends, ghosting of handwriting to rear flap.   Ref: 108798   Price: HK$ 1,400