The Private Presses of New Mexico

Stagecoach Press

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Jack Rittenhouse has been called the “Dean of New Mexico Bookdom.” For the nearly thirty years of his residency here he wrote, designed, printed, bound, sold, reviewed and taught about books.

Through his work at advertising agencies, he developed an understanding and enthusiasm for printing arts. Rittenhouse acquired his first press in 1948 while in Los Angeles, but it was later in Texas that his printing hobby became a full-time occupation. His work further matured in Santa Fe, where he began producing books and pamphlets at his Stagecoach Press in 1962. There he created award-winning publications inspired by his passion for history, the literature of the West, and his superb sense of craftsmanship. He closed the Stagecoach Press in 1968 after joining the editorial staff of the University of New Mexico Press.

Bacas Battle Early Railroad Days in New Mexico  A Guidebook to Highway 66
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Stagecoach Press The Lightning Tree
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Rini Templeton Vinegar Tom Press

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