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The Given Day - Robert Van Gulik
1964 first edition published by Art Printing Works - Kuala Lumpur
A VG++ book in card wraps - as issued
The book shows small neat name and date to endpaper but no stamps etc
Tight and solid

A rare book, true first and offered massively below retail value
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Murder in Canton - Uncorrected Proof Copy - Robert Van Gulik
1966 UK publishers proof copy of the first edition, first impression, Heinemann, London
A very rare item and a highlight Van Gulik collectors item
Softcover printed wraps as issued
Some light scattered tanning, tight and solid binding
No names etc, light rubs to extremities

The only Van Gulik proof I've ever seen . . .
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The Lacquer Screen - Robert Van Gulik
1964 UK hardback first edition, first impression published by Heinemann in London
A VG+ book in VG++ unclipped dust wrapper
The book shows no names or stamps etc, bit of light scattered tanning to top edge and foredge
The jacket shows no loss or chips, light edge rubs

A solid copy and a bargain
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The Chinese Bell Murders - Robert Van Gulik
1958 UK hardback SECOND impression published by Michael Joseph in London
A VG indeed book in VG+ un priced dustwrapper (jacket exactly the same as the first)
The book shows no names, inscriptions, some age tanning
The jacket shows only light rubs, clean and bright

A solid copy and a real chance for somebody who has a first without jacket
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The Haunted Monastery - Robert Van Gulik
1961 UK first edition, first impression, Art Printing Works Kuala Lumpur
A VG+ book in stiff softcover wraps (English language)
The book shows no names or stamps etc
The covers have no loss, light fading to spine as always
A mark and light tan to rear panel

One of the rarest titles and precedes the Heinemann edition by 2 years - well below retail value
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The Lacquer Screen - Robert Van Gulik
1962 UK first edition, first impression, Art Printing Works Kuala Lumpur
A VG book in stiff softcover wrappers (English language)
The book has 6 dates unobtrusively written verso rear endpaper
The covers have no loss, light edge rubs, age tan to rear panel
A Chinese Detective Story
A scarce true first English language edition and precedes the Heinemann edition by 2 years
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Dee Goong An an Ancient Chinese Detective Story - SIGNED - Robert Van Gulik
1949 UK hardback first edition, Signed Limited Edition #1001, Toppan, Tokyo
This notoriously fragile book shows rubbing and wear to all edges
The book shows no names, inscriptions or stamps etc
No jacket, printed boards as issued
A scarce signature
The book is worn but is also a rare item offered at a low price
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The Emperor's Pearl - Robert Van Gulik
1963 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Heinemann, London
A VG+ book in VG+ price clipped dust wrapper
The book shows small neat inscription
The jacket shows no real loss, minor edge wear and a couple of marks
A Judge Dee mystery
A nice copy and uncommon
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The Chinese Maze Murders - Robert Van Gulik
1956 True hardback first edition, first impression, Van Hoeve The Hague,
A near fine book in VG++ dust wrapper
The book shows no names, inscriptions or stamps etc
Clean and bright with square spine and tight binding
The jacket has no loss or tears, clean and bright, just a hint of age tan to spine
A classic Judge Dee mystery (in English not Dutch lest any confusion

A superior copy and precedes the Michael Joseph edition by 6 years
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The Red Pavilion - Robert Van Gulik
1961 first edition, first impression, Art Printing Works Kuala Lumpur
Stiff illustrated card covers as issued
A nicer than normal book, clean covers, light rubs to spine, light tan to rear panel
The book shows no names, inscriptions or stamps etc
Clean text block
A Judge Dee novel (English language text)
The nicest copy I've handled and well below retail value
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Robert Van Gulik - The Characters
Judge Dee Jen-Djieh
In his younger days, Judge Dee served as magistrate in various provincial cities where he achieved fame by solving many difficult criminal cases. He later became a minister at the Imperial Court and, by his wise counsel, was able to exercise a beneficial influence on the affairs of state. His trusted advisor was Hoong Liang*. The character of Judge Dee is based on Ti Jen-chieh, one of the great ancient Chinese detectives. A person of historic importance and a well-known statesman of the T'ang dynasty, Ti lived from 630-700 A.D. Because of Dee's (or Ti's) wide reputation as a solver of crimes, later Chinese mystery fiction (predating Poe) incorporated him into a group of crime stories. Robert Van Gulik, a noted Orientalist, has used this personage in a series of period detective novels, many of which were based on records.

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