His Last Bow

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For the short story, see His Last Bow (short story).
Not to be confused with His Last Vow.
His Last Bow
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First US edition cover
Author Arthur Conan Doyle
Illustrator Richard Gutschmidt
Cover artist R Sax
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Series Sherlock Holmes
Genre Detective fiction
Publisher John Murray
Publication date
22 October 1917
Media type Print (hardcover)
Pages 305
Preceded by The Valley of Fear
Followed by The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes

His Last Bow: Some Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of previously published Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, including the titular short story, "His Last Bow. The War Service of Sherlock Holmes" (1917). The collection's first US edition adjusts the anthology's subtitle to Some Later Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes. All editions contain a brief preface, by "John H. Watson, M.D.", that assures readers that as of the date of publication (1917), Holmes is long retired from his profession of detective but is still alive and well, albeit suffering from a touch of rheumatism.

Description[edit]

Earlier editions contain seven stories in total; some later editions of the collection also include an eighth story, "The Adventure of the Cardboard Box", which was also included in the first edition of in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1894) but was dropped from later editions of that book.

Five of the stories were published in The Strand Magazine between September 1908 and December 1913.[1][2] The Strand published "The Adventure of Wistaria Lodge" as "A Reminiscence of Sherlock Holmes" and divided it into two parts, called "The Singular Experience of Mr. John Scott Eccles" and "The Tiger of San Pedro".[3] Later printings of His Last Bow correct Wistaria to Wisteria.

The final story, "His Last Bow. The War Service of Sherlock Holmes" (1917), an epilogue about Holmes' war service, was first published in Collier's on 22 September 1917—one month before the book's premier on 22 October.[4][5]

Contents[edit]

^ Only included in some later editions.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "His Last Bow". De Encyclopédie de Conan doyle & Sherlock Holmes. Société Sherlock Holmes de France. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "His Last Bow: Some Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes". De Encyclopédie de Conan doyle & Sherlock Holmes. Société Sherlock Holmes de France. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Doyle, Arthur Conan (October 1979). The Sherlock Holmes Omnibus (2nd illustrated ed.). John Murray. ISBN 071953691X. 
  4. ^ "His Last Bow". De Encyclopédie de Conan doyle & Sherlock Holmes. Société Sherlock Holmes de France. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "His Last Bow: Some Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes". De Encyclopédie de Conan doyle & Sherlock Holmes. Société Sherlock Holmes de France. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 

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