The Red Pavilion. A Chinese Detective Story - Robert H. Van Gulik 1961 - Art Printing Works, Kuala Lumpur - First Edition A bright sharp copy of this rare first edition, one of three Judge Dee titles first published in Kuala Lumpur, whilst he was stationed there as Dutch Ambassador to the federation of Malaya The tenth book in the Judge Dee series, and chronologically fourteenth tale, being set in China 670 AD.

With six illustrations from woodblock prints, and endpapers illustrated with a
Sketch Map of Paradise Island, in Chinese style by Van Gulik.

Housed in a fine custom black cloth clamshell case, with red leather spine label lettered in black.
  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.

One of 2,000 copies. Later published in London in 1964 and New York in 1968.

Provenance: From the library of Professor Lawrence M. Solomon (1930-2014), head of dermatology in the College of Medicine at Chicago, A devotee of literature and mystery novels, especially Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s
Sherlock Holmes series, his personal library held more than 6,000 volumes. With his bookplate to inside of clamshell case.

pp. [8] 200. Pagination does not include endpapers. In publisher’s wrappers, spine in black and lettered in white, fron panel in black, illustrated in white, and lettered in red and white, rear panel white lettered in black.
  Condition: Near fine, light wear to spine ends, minor soiling to rear panel. three light spots to foredge,   Ref: 107612   Price: HK$ 6,500