An exceptionally large poster; 64 x 44”; backed with slightly larger linen for preservation, enabling it to be unrolled without damage. Numerous creases from folds; some small chips, tears and minor discolorations; printed in two colors. At the start of his “Farewell Tour,” in New York’s New Amsterdam Theater, November 25, 1929, the author-playwright was presented with a book of congratulatory letters from many prominent contemporaries. This poster reproduces those in facsimile, surrounding Steele’s iconic image of Gillette as Holmes, depicted in dressing gown and with a pipe in his mouth. Accompanied by Letters of Salutation and Felicitation Received by William Gillette On The Occasion of His Farewell to the Stage in “Sherlock Holmes,” setting in type 62 of these letters, including testimonials by Doyle, Coolidge, Belasco, Frohman, C.D. Gibson, Otis Skinner, et al.; in original printed wrappers, with Holmes in profile on the front wrapper; very good. Gillette continued touring as Holmes until 1932. Retirement was an unwelcome alternative for Gillette, who continued to appear on stage until shortly before his death in 1937.