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36023: [John Peter Zenger]. Charles F. Heartman Present

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[John Peter Zenger]. Charles F. Heartman Presents John Peter Zenger and His Fight for the Freedom of the American Press. Together With A Genuine Specimen of the New York Weekly Journal Printed by John Peter Zenger. Highland Park, New Jersey: Harry B. Weiss, 1937. First edition, one of 99 copies, this being copy number 11. Approximately 13.5 x 8 inches. Folio. [iv], 60, [2, blank] pages. Text lined in red and printed in double-columns. Publisher's binding of full marbled paper, with printed labels on front board and spine. Some rubbing to edges, some wear to spine and corners. Overall, very good. With spare labels tipped in at rear. Bound-in is: [John Peter Zenger, printer]. The New York Weekly Journal. Containing the freshest Advices, Foreign, and Domestick. Numb. LVI. [New York:] Munday [sic] December 2d, 1734. First edition of this newspaper. Approximately 11.75 x 7.5 inches. [4] pages.

This issue details the orders by the New York Assembly and Governor William Cosby for the burning of numbers 7, 47, 48, and 49 of Zenger's New-York Weekly Journal on charges of Sedition against the British Crown. Zenger, a New York printer born in Germany, affected the course of American journalistic freedom when he was found not guilty of criminal libel for publishing articles and doggerel verse critical of William Cosby, then governor of New York, in the New-York Weekly Journal, a newspaper that he edited and printed. "Zenger's acquittal received wide attention in Europe for its revolutionary aspects, which apparently raised popular interest" (Streeter).

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