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John Peter Zenger & freedom of the press...

Item # 607276 THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, December, 1737

* Ad regarding John Peter Zenger's "freedom of the press" trial

The back page has a small note of the publishing of a book, reading: "The Tryal of John Peter Zenger, who was lately tried & acquitted for printing and publishing a Libel against the Government." This is the famed Zenger trial--publisher of the New York Weekly Journal--which gave America the landmark decision which established freedom of the press.

Among the articles noted in the table of contents are: "Of Female Industry in Ancient Times" "Of a Remarkable Tryal for a Libel" ""Dram Drinking in Women Exposed" "Character of her Late Majesty" "Three Ways of Increasing the Strength of a Nation" and more. Near the back is a section headed: "Historical Chronicle" with news from England & other parts of Europe.

Complete in 62 pgs. with full title/index page which contains an engraving of St. John's Gate. Measures about 5 by 8 inches, very nice condition. There are no plates or maps called for in this issue.

A very nice pre-Revolutionary War magazine from the "mother country" with a wide range of varied content including news of the day, political reports, literary items, and other unusual tidbits. This was the first periodical to use the word "magazine" in its title, having begun in 1731 and lasting until 1907.

Category: The 1600's and 1700's