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AN ARTIST IN AMERICA (signed) - Benton, Thomas Hart - 1937. 
Robert McBride & Company, New York 1937 - Octavo, 276 pages, with 64 two-color reproductions of Benton's drawings. The book is bound in blue buckram, with a stain at the front edge of the spine and a rather worn though intact dustjacket that shows a panel of Benton 's Missouri mural done for that state's capitol. This copy beloged to Robert E. Nuese Jr., a bookseller in West Cornwall, Connecticut, who was a long-standing friend of Benton's and who owned a number of Benton's paintings. Nuese's bookplate, of which a scan is enclosed, was designed by Benton. This copy is inscribed on the half-title page "To Rbt. E. Nuese from Thomas H. Benton" and also bears a dime-sized squiggle of a drawing that I believe is by Nuese's wife Josephine. It is also signed by Benton's wife Rita, as well as by art historian Thomas Craven. Craven, 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, which 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 copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Barbara Farnsworth, Bookseller, A.B.A.A.]
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