1905 – 1996
Who was Ward Ritchie?
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.
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