New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1894. First American edition. 8vo. iv, (2), 307, (4, ads) pp. A volume of stories featuring illnesses and medical treatments, giving literary form to the medical practices of he day, of which Doyle was a participant. Inscribed by the author at the head of the title page to American novelist and short story writer Hamlin Garland in the month of publication "To Hamlin Garland. / from A. Conan Doyle. / Some realistic effort with occasional / relapses. / Oct. 22, 94."; affixed to the front pastedown is an 8-line autograph invitation to attend an "Authors vs. Artists" cricket match, undated, but initialed by Doyle, and affixed to the front endpapers is a one page autograph letter from Doyle to Garland, undated, but signed, about writing, in part: "as long as people laugh & cry & sit up nights, & forget their troubles, it's no use assuring them that it's not art." Original silver and gilt-stamped red cloth (spine rubbed, corners bumped, tear in front endpaper). (9755). Item #61399
Arthur Conan Doyle began his first tour of America, with more than 30 lectures scheduled, in early October 1894, meeting Hamlin Garland, whose work he was familiar with, at a luncheon in Chicago on October 13. They became friends and Garland was hosted by Doyle in England on trips there in 1899 and 1906 (one of which presumably occasioned the invitation the cricket match), returning the favor on Doyle's trip back to America in 1922 (when Garland chaired at least one of Doyle's "Spiritualism" gathering). This book was apparently inscribed by Doyle to Garland while in Detroit for his lecture there on October 22.