JOHN PETER ZENGERS UNDERGROUND DIGEST - Prospectus.
JOHN PETER ZENGERS UNDERGROUND DIGEST - Prospectus.
JOHN PETER ZENGERS UNDERGROUND DIGEST - Prospectus.

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JOHN PETER ZENGERS UNDERGROUND DIGEST - Prospectus.

Fairfax, CA: Citizen Zenger Co., nd. (1970). 4to. Printed card wrps., bound by three brass paper fasteners. Unpaginated (c. 80pp., printed rectos only).

The prospectus for a bi-monthly journal intended to provide a digest of underground papers, announcing its intention to "be the eye in the human hurricane of the changing youth culture in America." Contains numerous examples of "news, features, stories, criticism, columns, cartoons, art, ideas and articles from over 500 newspapers written by the young", including Orpheus, Rolling Stone, LA Free Press, Berkeley Barb, Rat, and others, as well as five GI underground papers.

The idea for a regular digest of the underground press was named after John Peter Zenger, a journalist imprisoned for seditious libel in 1734 for printing articles attacking the British colonial government.

No trace of the publication ever coming to fruition can be found, despite its ambition to provide "the straight world with an insight into what the young and hip are thinking and doing" and "too keep alive the great American tradition of a free press", though the target of raising $300,000 (then an enormous sum for such a project) may have been part of the reason.

Lower right corner crease to front cover and first few leaves; partial offsetting to lower wrapper; o/w Very Good.

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