The Chinese Maze Murders. A Chinese detective story suggested by three original ancient Chinese plots - Robert H. Van Gulik 1962 - Michael Joseph, London - First English Edition A superb copy of the second book in the Judge Dee series, and chronologically seventeenth tale, being set in China 670 AD.

Judge Dee, the master-detective, a 7th century Chinese magistrate famous as a detector of crime, whose name today still is as familiar in China as that of Sherlock Holmes in the West. This book describes some of his amazing exploits, takes us to the mansions of the mighty, to secret haunts of vice and violence, to the hermitage of a sage, to the austere tribunal where Judge Dee patiently unravels the bewildering tangle of political intrigue, cruel crimes and forbidden love.

With seventeen illustrations from woodblock prints by Van Gulik in Chinese style, and endpapers illustrated in red with a
Sketch Map of Lan-fang.
  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. 302 [2]. In publisher’s black cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Dust jacket priced at ‘15s net’ to lower corner of front flap, rear flap blank.
  Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket, light rubbing to spine ends and corners.   Ref: 108786   Price: HK$ 3,200