First edition of the Dutch diplomat's first work of detective fiction, a translation of a Seventeenth Century detective story. Illustrated. With a preface by Van Gulik. Published in an edition of 1200 numbered copies signed by Van Gulik. This is copy 900. Light foxing to the fore-edges and to the front and rear endpapers, else a fine bright, sharp copy with pictorial boards in original plain kraft paper dust jacket which is moderately soiled, and in which the book was mailed to subscribers. Housed in a custom made clamshell case with the design of the book's front cover on the front panel, the book's rear cover design on the back panel, and the title on the spine. A sharp copy.
Inventory Number: 42265