New York: Harper & Brothers, (1961). First edition. Hardcover. xiv, 202,  pp., 10 full-page illustrations by the author; octavo, original black and lavender cloth, dustjacket. Very good in near very good jacket with 2" tear at top of rear flap fold, slight wear at jacket spine ends, moderate toning to white rear jacket panel. Item #22728
The second of Van Gulik's Judge Dee mysteries, inspired by the 18th-century Chinese detective novel "Dee Goon An" - translated by Van Gulik and published in 1949 as "Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee.