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THE OZ TRIAL: A CHRONOLOGICAL DIARY.

The only complete copy known to exist of an unpublished book, compiled by Jim Anderson at the suggestion of Felix Dennis following the Oz trial, and researched by Louise Ferrier, together with source material and the original artwork for three press advertisements that were never placed. The book was designed by David Wills and Richard Adams, and a half-page illustrated ad for it appeared in Oz #38 in November 1971 (illustrated with a different cover photo), which described it as a "gigantic eighty page, glossy souvenir programme… [representing] a chronological diary of events leading up to the trial with edited highlights from the court transcript and an enormous selection of photographs, press coverage and comment" (it was mentioned again once, briefly, in Oz #39).


The collection has been divided into three parts, each one encased in a handbound and labeled portfolio with black ribbon ties, as follows:


i. The publication. Front and back cover; 4 pages of prelims, printed 4 to view on a flat, uncut sheet, and folded; 76pp. insert, printed on glossy paper, folded, trimmed and stitched at the spine. The content is primarily made up of press cuttings covering the trial; newspaper cartoons; copious photographs by Joe Stevens, David Nutter, Rick Kemp, Keith Bailey, Ron Reid, David Redom and others, many of them rarely seen; letters to the press; extracts from trial transcripts, including potted biographies and photographs of the witnesses; reproductions of Oz benefit concert posters and ephemera; reaction to the verdicts and ensuing correspondence in the press; transcripts of the Oz school kids' statements recorded after the trial, etc., all arranged chronologically, plus 4pp. ads. (including The Family Dog Shop and Frendz). The sheets were salvaged from the printers (The Darwin Press) who had been advised by their solicitors to shred the entire print run (one other set was rescued at the time, but that has since disappeared without trace).


ii. Press ads. The original artwork for three press ads that were never published, together with typesetting bromides, raw IBM typesetting, design roughs and related matter, including a list of publications in which the ads were to have been placed. (18 items).


iii. Press cuttings. A near complete record of everything that appeared in the press contemporaneously with the Oz trial, comprising a wide range of cuttings mounted on 21 sides of 12 black card sheets (each approx. 50.3x32.7cm), together with two acid-free bags containing numerous loose press cuttings and related magazine and newspaper articles (100+ separate items). The amassed cuttings, most of which were not included in the book, gather together nearly all the press coverage of the trial, including front pages, editorial comment, opinion pieces and correspondence, as well as Richard Neville's later, short-lived column for the London Evening Standard, and features on related issues such as censorship, pornography, the growth of feminism and the founding of Spare Rib.


This small archive provides a unique record of the Oz trial and its aftermath, and collects together in one place almost the entire contemporary coverage and commentary on it. No other copies of "The Oz Trial: A Chronological Diary" remain extant: the Felix Dennis Oz archive, now in the V&A, contains the artwork for it, but no printed copy, and Jim Anderson has a copy of the front cover only. The book opens with an ironic dedication to Detective Inspector Frederick Luff - "without whose unceasing effort and tireless devotion to duty this book need never have been written" - an irony doubled after the printer's fears of prosecution meant that it would never be published.


Provenance: Richard Adams and Mikki Rain.

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