This article is about the collection of short stories. For the individual short story, see His Last Bow (story)

His Last Bow
His last bow book cover
Book information


Arthur Conan Doyle



Publication Date

22 October, 1917

Preceded by

The Return of Sherlock Holmes

Followed by

The Valley of Fear

His Last Bow (also known as The Reminiscence of Sherlock Holmes) contains seven stories published between 1908 – 1917. American editions often have "The Adventure of the Cardboard Box" in this collection instead of in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.

Also of note is John Watson's statement in the last story of the cycle that Sherlock Holmes has retired, and forbids him to publish any more stories.


The book contains a short preface that reads as follows:

The friends of Mr Sherlock Holmes will be glad to learn that he is still alive and well, though somewhat crippled by occasional attacks of rheumatism. He has, for many years, lived in a small farm upon the downs five miles from Eastbourne, where his time is divided between philosophy and agriculture. During this period of rest he has refused the most princely offers to take up various cases, having determined that his retirement was a permanent one. The approach of the German war caused him, however, to lay his remarkable combination of intellectual and practical activity at the disposal of the government, with historical results which are recounted in His Last Bow. Several previous experiences which have lain long in my portfolio have been added to His Last Bow so as to complete the volume.
John H. Watson, M. D.

Stories in the Book

See also


  1. Originally published simply as "A Reminiscence of Mr Sherlock Holmes", this story is made up of two parts given separate titles: "The Singular Experience of Mr John Scott Eccles" and "The Tiger of San Pedro"
  2. In American Edition only.