Together 2 volumes, in 8s. Original bindings. FIRST EDITIONS. PRESENTATION COPIES, inscribed by the author. Anthony Boucher (pseudonym of William Anthony Parker White, 1911-1968), was a prolific reviewer, critic, editor, and author in the detective literature and science-fiction genres. “In 1940 Van Gulik found a copy of Dee Goong An (Criminal Cases Solved by Judge Dee), a seventeenth or early-eighteenth-century Chinese detective story set in the seventh century, translated it, and had it published in a limited edition...in 1949 [as above]. Like many other Chinese detective novels of the period, Dee Goong An features a magistrate (Judge Dee) who is called upon to solve three interrelated crime problems. Van Gulik became interested in the characters of Dee and the Tang dynasty and wrote a series of stories about him...” (Steinbrunner and Penzler, Encyclopedia of Mystery and Detection, p. 402-3). These early Van Gulik books are scarce, particularly so inscribed.