Book Description
London: Michael Joseph, 1961. [Detective fiction] FIRST UK EDITION. Octavo (19 x 13cm), pp. 216. Publisher's orange cloth lettered in gilt to spine, sketch-map to endpapers printed in orange, dust-wrapper designed by Kenneth Farnhill, priced at 15s. net. Edges lightly spotted, jacket is near fine. A nice copy.
Dealer Notes
Robert Hans van Gulik was an orientalist, diplomat, musician (of the guqin), and writer, best known for the Judge Dee historical mysteries, the protagonist of which he borrowed from the 18th-century Chinese detective novel Dee Goong An.
Van Gulik's Judge Dee mysteries follow in the long tradition of Chinese detective fiction, intentionally preserving a number of key elements of that writing culture. Most notably, he had Judge Dee solve three different (and sometimes unrelated) cases in each book, a traditional device in Chinese mysteries. The whodunit element is also less important in the Judge Dee stories than it is in the traditional Western detective story, though still more so than in traditional Chinese detective stories. Nevertheless, van Gulik's fiction was adapted to a more Western audience, avoiding the supernatural and religious traditions of Buddhism and Daoism in favour of rationality
Author Robert Van Gulik
Date 1961
Binding Cloth
Publisher Michael Joseph,
Illustrator The Author
Condition Near fine
Pages 216

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