June 20, 2013 08:00 PM EDT Cincinnati


New-York Weekly Journal, July 8, 1734, Published by John Peter Zenger of the Landmark "Zenger Trial"

The New-York Weekly Journal, Numb. XXXVI, Munday [sic] July 8, 1734.  4pp, laid paper, 7 x 11.25 in. The first 2+ pages provide a tradesman's account of a discourse between a merchant and his son regarding trade, interest, profit, and gambling, followed by news of a conflict between Prussia and Russia, shipping updates, advertisements, and finally the credit of publisher John Peter Zenger. 

Zenger and his New-York Weekly Journal, one of the oldest American newspapers, are famous as having been the subject of a landmark press freedom trial in late 1734-early 1735, which determined that truth could be considered a defense against charges of libel. The trial garnered a great deal of public attention, due in part to the support Zenger received from Benjamin Franklin. In the verdict, Zenger was deemed not guilty of the charge of publishing libels against colonial New York Governor William Cosby.

Condition:Some staining along perimeter; with some light scattered spotting; with partial separating along fold.

Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000


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