SIGNED BY ALL MEMBERS OF THE BURGER COURT, CIRCA 1971
(SUPREME COURT) BURGER, Warren E., et al. Photographic portrait signed. Washington: Ackad, circa 1971. Black-and-white photographic print, measuring 13 by 8-1/2 inches mounted on board; matted and framed, entire piece measures 17 by 21 inches. $3800.
Large photographic portrait of the "Burger Court" just prior to the 1971 deaths of Black and Harlan, signed by all nine justices on the mount.
"Burger was probably miscast in the role of leader of the U.S. Supreme Court—a harsh but fair judgment of a man who devoted so much of his life to the bench and worked as hard as he could to improve the judicial system… Burger has a place in judicial history as head of the Court that consolidated, often against the chief justice's wishes, what Justice Abe Fortas termed 'the most profound and pervasive revolution ever achieved by substantially peaceful means,' the revolution brought about by the Warren Court" (ANB). In addition to Chief Justice Burger (who served in that capacity from 1969 until his retirement in 1986), the portrait also shows Associate Justices Hugo Black, William O. Douglas, John Marshall Harlan II, William H. Brennan, Potter Stewart, Byron White, Thurgood Marshall and Harry Blackmun. The portrait is signed by all of the justices in the margin below the image.
Tiny pinhole to mount. Fine condition.