Ward Ritchie


1905 – 1996


Who was Ward Ritchie?

Harry "Ward" Ritchie was an American printer, book collector and writer of around 100 books who was part of the "Golden Age" of fine printing in Southern California.

From 1932 to 1974 he operated the Ward Ritchie Press which specialized in books on cooking and Western Americana. Ritchie was also the founding secretary of the Rounce & Coffin Club, a group of Southern California book collectors that met regularly starting in 1931.

Throughout his career, Ritchie designed around 750 books including work by poets Robinson Jeffers, Carl Sandburg, Archibald MacLeish, Carlyle MacIntyre, librarian Lawrence Clark Powell, novelist Alexandre Dumas, and many others.

In 1983, Ritchie became romantically involved with film actress Gloria Stuart, who was inspired by him to design her own hand-printed books under the imprimatur Imprenta Glorias. Ritchie maintained a close relationship with Stuart until his death.

Ritchie died of pancreatic cancer in Laguna Beach, California on January 24, 1996.

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Jun 15, 1905
  • United States of America
Jan 24, 1996
Laguna Beach

on July 23, 2013


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