LAGUNA VERDE IMPRENTA: 1975 - 1987.
Los Angeles, CA: Laguna Verde Imprenta, 1988. First edition. ONE OF ONLY 50 COPIES PRODUCED & SIGNED BY RITCHIE. A bibliography of Ritchie’s own Laguna Verde Press which he established after retiring from commercial printing. It covers 26 books, pamphlets and broadsides produced by the press with descriptions and printed samples from each. As was his convention with his press, the various items are numbered “wr 1” through “wr 26” with this book being his “wr 27” and the errata, which is laid in, “wr 28.” The entire edition was set and printed by hand on an 1835 Albion Press by Ritchie himself at the age of 83. In an introductory 10-page essay, Ritchie gives the history of Laguna Verde including how he obtained his printing press and had it installed (he was warned that he’d “have to remove the house first” to get it back out). 4to quarter red leather with red patterned paper boards; title stamped in gilt on leather at front along the spine which is plain; housed in the original black paper-covered slipcase. Fine with 1993 ALS on his Laguna Beach letterhead to collector Allen Mears laid in reading in part, “It was pleasant to see that you have a copy of the Laguna Verde bibliography which is very rare.”.