Item #17656 The Alice and George Millard Collection Illustrating the Evolution of the Book. Acquired for the Huntington Library by a group of their friends. Ward Ritchie, printer.
The Alice and George Millard Collection Illustrating the Evolution of the Book. Acquired for the Huntington Library by a group of their friends.
The Alice and George Millard Collection Illustrating the Evolution of the Book. Acquired for the Huntington Library by a group of their friends.
The Alice and George Millard Collection Illustrating the Evolution of the Book. Acquired for the Huntington Library by a group of their friends.

The Alice and George Millard Collection Illustrating the Evolution of the Book. Acquired for the Huntington Library by a group of their friends.

[Los Angeles: The Ward Ritchie Press, 1939.]. One of seventy-five copies designed and printed by the Ward Ritchie press for presentation to donors. Some dampstaining to wrappers. Very good. Printed blue wrappers. Octavo. [2], 15, [1, blank], [1, colophon] pp. Item #17656

Alice Millard (1873 – 1938) was a Chicago-born rare book dealer and promoter of culture in the Arroyo Seco region of Los Angeles. While in Chicago, she visited A.C. McClurg’s bookstore, looking for a book on William Morris. While there she met George Millard, her future husband, who worked in the Rare Book Department. In 1906, the Millards commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to design a house in Chicago for them, now called the George Madison Millard House. The Millards moved to Pasadena, California after George’s retirement and converted a bungalow on Huntington Drive into a book salon. After George’s death, Alice again commissioned Wright to design another home, which was called “La Miniatura” (The Little Museum). It contained fine pictures, china, silver, sculpture, and many other items, including her husband’s printed books and manuscripts. She left the collection to the Huntington Library. Millard influenced a later generation of booksellers and collectors including Estelle Doheny, William Andrews Clark, Jake Zeitlin, and Ward Ritchie.

“The [Millard] Collection...has found a safe and permanent home in the Huntington Library...it is distinguished because of the high quality of its items. At least ten are of outstanding importance, and numerous rare and unique pieces are only less impressive individually” (p. 7). Some of the items in the collection include a group of Babylonian and Egyptian records consisting of two papyri, a fifteenth century manuscript calendar, and the Bodoni Horace of 1873. Also included are two lists: the first consisting of contributors and the second consisting of the group of members of Pasadena Junior League, acting as Volunteer Guides to the Huntington Library exhibitions. The Ward Ritchie Press and Anderson, Ritchie & Simon, p. 81.

Price: $200.00

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