"TO LEARN HOW A WISE MAN LOOKS AT THE LAW": FIRST EDITION OF THE SUPREME COURT. HOW IT WAS, HOW IT IS, INSCRIBED BY CHIEF JUSTICE WILLIAM REHNQUIST
REHNQUIST, William H. The Supreme Court. How It Was, How It Is. New York: William Morrow, (1987). Octavo, original half red cloth, original dust jacket. $2000.
First edition of the first book by Chief Justice Rehnquist, inscribed on the half title by him, "To C. W— T— with best wishes. William H. Rehnquist," with 12 pages of illustrations.
Appointed to the Supreme Court by President Nixon in 1971, and named chief justice by President Reagan in 1986, "Rehnquist had an extraordinary career, with many historic milestones. In 1999, he presided over Clinton's impeachment trial from the presiding officer's chair seat in the Senate, something only one other chief justice had done. A year later he was one of five Republican-nominated justices who voted to stop presidential ballot recounts in Florida, effectively deciding the election for Bush over Democrat Al Gore" (New York Times). In this, his first book, Rehnquist provides "a succinct and highly readable history of the Court from the time of John Marshall to the mid-20th century… among the cases highlighted are Marbury v. Madison… the pro-slavery Dred Scott decision; and the 1952 Steel Seizure case, one of the most important confrontations between the executive and judicial branches" (Publishers Weekly). "As President George W. Bush remarked at the Chief Justice's funeral, 'to work beside William Rehnquist was to learn how a wise man looks at the law and how a good man looks at life'… he was a lawyer's lawyer with a clear-eyed appreciation for the obligations that came with his, and the court's, role" (Richard Garnett). Gift inscription.
A fine copy.