An Artist In America (Inscribed by Benton to Rbt. E. Nuese). Thomas Hart Benton.
An Artist In America (Inscribed by Benton to Rbt. E. Nuese)
An Artist In America (Inscribed by Benton to Rbt. E. Nuese)

An Artist In America (Inscribed by Benton to Rbt. E. Nuese)

New York: Robert McBride & Company, 1937. First edition. Cloth. First edition. 8vo. 276 pages with 64 two-color reproductions of Benton's drawings. Blue buckram binding has a faint stain at the front edge of the spine, some offsetting to the gutters of the endpapers, else a square, well-bound very good plus copy. The price-intact dustwrapper is lightly worn and is toned a bit at the spine colors. A solid and delightful copy of this important memoir of the great American artist, Thomas Hart Benton. This copy belonged to Robert E. Neuse, Jr., a bookseller from West Cornwell, CT who was a long-standing friend of the artist and who owned a number of Benton's paintings. Nuese's bookplate was designed by Benton. This copy is INSCRIBED by Benton on the half-title page to Nuese and also bears a dime-size original artist squiggle of a drawing which may have been drawn by Nuese's wife Josephine. The book is also signed by Benton's wife Rita as well as by art historian Thomas Craven. Craven, also a long-time friend of Thomas Hart Benton, had been Benton's roommate in Greenwich Village on their respective returns from France and wrote "Thomas Hart Benton: A Descriptive Catalog" in 1939. Nuese had moved to West Cornwall from his job as an advertising copywriter in New York in 1930, and had founded Hayloft Books and Prints, an antiquarian shop with a small printing operation, Hayloft Press. The press was used to print work for writers such as Mark Van Doren, also of Cornwall. The signatures seem to be the product of a country weekend in rural Connecticut, possibly when the book was first published or a few years later when Craven's catalog was published, although no date is given. A wonderful association copy. Very Good / very good. Item #26808

Price: $1,000.00

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