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GULIK, Robert van.

New Year’s Eve in Lan-Fang.

A Judge Dee Story.

Published: Beirut: Imprimerie Catholique, 1958

Stock code: 100038

Price: £3,250

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First edition, first impression of this Judge Dee story, and one of just 200 copies printed for the author and privately distributed as a Christmas gift to friends of Van Gulik and his wife, Francis. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title: “Met al onze beste wensen voor 1959! Robert en Francis Beyruth, Dec. ’58”. Laid-in is a photograph of van Gulik in his diplomat’s uniform. Scarce.

Octavo, pp. 32. Cream wrappers, front wrapper printed in brown. Frontispiece in black and white, decorations in red. Wrappers a little creased, occasional light foxing to contents; an excellent copy.

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