Murder in Canton. A Chinese Detective Story - Robert H. Van Gulik 1966 - Heinemann, London - First Edition The thirteenth book in the Judge Dee series, and chronologically the last tale, being set in China 680 AD, one of the scarcer titles in original purple dust jacket.

With twelve illustrations from woodblock prints by Van Gulik, and endpapers illustrated with a
Sketchmap of Canton, 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 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 13 cm) pp. [8] 208. In publisher’s purple cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Dust jacket priced 21s NET to lower front flap, rear panel with text incorrectly offset too far to the left, leaving 5cm blank space from furthest right text and spine (text flows round to rear flap).
  Condition: Fine in very good plus dust jacket with fading to spine and wear to corners.   Ref: 108795   Price: HK$ 3,000