Ward Ritchie (1905-1996) was one of the premier printers, book designers, and printing historians in Los Angeles in the 20th century. In his long and distinguished career, he designed, printed and published hundreds of books. Upon retirement in 1972, Ward Ritchie and his wife Marka moved to their summer house in Laguna Beach, on a slope above Emerald Bay. Ritchie bought an 1835 Albion hand press and had it installed in his studio in their home. There he began printing small editions, usually less than 50 copies, of books under the press name Laguna Verde Imprenta. He chose books that he liked and enjoyed, this was not primarily a commercial venture. He wrote many of the books, often about his friends like Robinson Jeffers and Lawrence Clark Powell. His motivation was often purely fun. Most of the books were printed on dampened, handmade papers. This exhibit, in the Special Collections and Archives lobby, tells the story of Ward Ritchie’s press Laguna Verde Imprenta and the wonderful books that he produced in this last phase of his life. This exhibit will end on Friday, May 30, 2014.