Skip to main content


    Thomas Hart Benton: Signed First Edition of An Artist in America. (New York: Robert M. McBride & Company, 1937), first edition, 276 pages, blue cloth binding with gilt lettering on spine and "Benton" blind-stamped on the front cover, 8vo (6.25" x 9.5"), no dust jacket, clear Mylar protective jacket. Deckled fore-edge. Profusely illustrated with 64 Benton pen & pencil sketches. Signed "Thos. H. Benton" on the half-title page. An Artist in America is Benton's engaging autobiographical meditation on living, working, and traveling throughout the American heartland. A 1937 Newsweek book review by Sinclair Lewis is laid-in, in which Lewis lauds Benton's An Artist in America as "a report on America which is neither prettified for the local real-estate men nor yet sour with envy of the Europe which is so charming that all of our 40,000,000 ancestors got out of it as fast as they could." Lewis also praises Benton "for his rediscovery of the laughing, swaggering America that Mark Twain knew." An advertisement for a Benton art exhibition is also laid-in. This signed first edition is in very good condition. There is minimal shelf wear present, some sunning to the spine, and scattered spots of soiling to the boards. The front hinge is a bit shaken at the title page, but the binding is sound overall. The textblock is clean and bright. This marvelous book comes housed in a custom blue quarter leather slipcase with gilt titles and five raised bands on the spine. A rare chance to obtain a first edition of Benton's literary masterpiece signed by the artist himself.

    View all of [The Chris Kortlander Collection ]

    Fees, Shipping, and Handling Description: Books & Catalogs (view shipping information)

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2007
    25th-26th Thursday-Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 2,343

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 1 day left to consign to the 2018 May 11 Space Exploration - Dallas!

    Learn about consigning with us

    This was my first time dealing with an auction house, and I am 100% completely impressed with Heritage. There is not an aspect of this process that I have a critique for.
    Darryl S.,
    Stuart, FL
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2018 March 17 Western Americana & Texana Grand Format Auction - Dallas
    2018 March 17 Western Americana & Texana Grand Format Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $320,944