The Chinese Lake Murders. Three Cases Solved By Judge Dee. A Chinese detective story suggested by original ancient Chinese plots - Robert H. Van Gulik 1960 - Michael Joseph, London - First English Edition published simultaneously with the American Edition The fifth book in the Judge Dee series, and chronologically sixth tale, being set in China 666 AD.

A courtesan performs a bewitching dance aboard a flower boat and minutes later is discovered drowned in the waters of a haunted lake... A bride dies on her wedding night and incredibly disappears from her sealed and guarded casket... And soon all the town of Han-yuan murmurs with the whisper of a dreaded, forbidden name - White Lotus. Judge Dee investigates the strange happenings at Han-yuan that begin with a guilty love and lead to a treasonous plot against the Mandate to Heaven.

With twelve illustrations and a plan of a flower boat from woodblock prints, and endpapers illustrated in orange with a
View of Han-yuan to the front and a flower boat to the rear, 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 x 12.5 cm) pp. 270 [2]. Publisher’s dark blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine, red illustrated endpapers. Dust jacket designed by Van Gulik and priced ‘15s net’ to lower front flap.
  Condition: Near fine, light soiling to top edge and very small patch of fading to head of spine, in near fine dust jacket, minor wear to corners and spine ends, spine lightly toned, and a little soiling to rear panel   Ref: 108910   Price: HK$ 3,000