Judge Dee at Work. Eight Chinese Detective Stories - Robert H. Van Gulik 1967 - Heinemann, London - First Edition of this collection The fifteenth book in the Judge Dee series, and chronologically in order the eight tales are 2,3,4,9,12,13,19,20 out of the twenty four Judge Dee tales. With eight illustrations from woodblock prints in Chinese style by Van Gulik.

The Stories are:-
Five Auspicious Clouds - set in the year 663 when Judge Dee was a magistrate of Peng-lai.
The Red Tape Murder - set in the year 663 when Judge Dee was a magistrate of Peng-lai.
He Came with the Rain - set in the year 663 when Judge Dee was a magistrate of Peng-lai.
The Murder on the Lotus Pond - set in the year 666 when Judge Dee was a magistrate of Han-yuan.
The Two Beggars - set in the year 668 when Judge Dee was a magistrate of Poo-yang.
The Wrong Sword - set in the year 668 when Judge Dee was a magistrate of Poo-yang.
The Coffins of the Emperor - set in the year 670 when Judge Dee was a magistrate of Lan-fang.
Murder on New Year's Eve - set in the year 670 when Judge Dee was a magistrate of Lan-fang (this story was privately printed in a run of 200 copies in wrappers by Van Gulik in 1958 as ‘New Year's Eve in Lan-fang’ the text has been very slightly altered).
  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.

Provenance: John Pereboom, with a note from the publisher asking him to review this book. Pereboom, critic and novelist, taught English and American drama at the University of Amsterdam.

Octavo (20.2 x 13.4 cm) pp. vi 174 [4 tables
Judge Dee Chronology]. In publisher’s charcoal cloth, spine lettered in gilt, blank endpapers. Dust jacket priced at 21s NET to lower corner of front flap.
  Condition: Near fine, foxing to foredge and lightly to endpapers, in near fine dust jacket with light rubbing to folds, and short scratch to rear panel.   Ref: 108796   Price: HK$ 2,800