Ed. by Richard Neville, later by Felix Dennis and Jim Anderson.
Nos. 1 - 48 (= last issue). Complete collection. London, February 1967-1973. - All first editions, various formats and sizes in the original stapled wrappers. Condition is very good to near fine, making a clean and near fine set, excellent for exhibition purposes, in particular with the inserts and the scarce additions. Complete with the following: - An Oz subscription slip in #2 and folding small poster from the back cover; - A folding poster from the back-cover (81x29,5 cm)in black and gold; (#4) - The Che Geuvara (sic) folded poster insert (#8); - The rare 'Yoko Ono at the Saville' flyer (#8) - Oz goes big, poster in centerspread#12; - Small folding poster from the cover #13 (small price in pencil on front-cover); - The Outcry! People's Park poster and Running Man Book News booklet (#21); - The Honeybunch Kaminski poster (#24) - ThePrint Mint posters leaflet (#26) - The Jimi Hendrix/Oz News poster (#30); - The Janis Joplin/Oz Old Bailey Trial poster (#36); - Poster for the Sex-issue (girl held by Gorilla with hasj-plants around. ca. 50-75 cm., two colours.,light wear. - Subscription form, advert for Wembley Rock'nRoll show (#43); - Subscription form/advert for Cozmic Comics (#44): TOGETHER WITH THE FOLLOWING RARE OZ- Ephemera:
- AN ORIGINAL T-SHIRT for the OZ Obscenity Trial Old Bailey London 1971, designed by Richard Adams. Size Small, titles in blue around an oval portrait in blue and red, on orange cotton. N.p. (London, Oz Publications, n.d.,1971). A very rare example of this famous T-shirt. Hole in front part of collar and a bit faded. The imprint depicts Scotland Yard's Detective Inspector Luff, described by Oz-defender Geoffrey Robertson as "a policeman not motivated by money. He was religiously committed to the closure of Oz" (Robertson 'The Justice Game', 2011).
- PAMPHLET, PROGRAM: SOUNDS FOR OZ. Presented by the Norh American Student's Association. A festival of Pop, Poetry, Films, Songs, Mime and Dance, at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Nash House, The Mall, Wednesday August 25 and Thursday August 26. (1970). All proceeds to Oz. Two folded handouts of 4 pages each (8vo bifolium), with identical front page, but different contants, one the Announcements of the program and the participating performers, the other the Programme itself. ParticipantsAnthony Howell,John Welsh,Marianne Faithful, Spike Milligan,Frank McConnell, Eggs Over Easy (American Rock Group).
- POSTER: announcing Oz magazine's FIFTH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE, February 1972 (Oz #40) - "On sale now 25p". Printed in red and purple on white stock. 54.9x37cm. Designed by John Fawcett, and illustrated with a full-length photograph of Sarah Bernhardt alongside a large image of Mickey Mouse in his Wizard's hat from the 1940 Disney movie, 'Fantasia'. The fifth anniversary of Oz was celebrated as a defiant landmark following the obscenity trial and the myriad attempts to close down the underground press. Fine. Provenance: The Felix Dennis Estate.
-PROMOTIONAL POSTER: THE LAST ISSUE OF OZ. announcing the last issue of Oz magazine (November 1973), designed by Ed Barker, promising "Sex, Drugs, Violence and Bolshevism (ho, ho) from - Richard Neville, Timothy Leary, Adolph Hitler [sic], Martin Sharp, Heathcote Williams and other OZ favourites." Offset litho, printed in red and black on thin buff-coloured paper. 73.5x48.1cm. (tiny nicks to top edge, OTHERWISE FINE) Illustrated with a cartoon by Rand H. Holmes (reproduced from The Georgia Straight) and a version of the magazine's front cover featuring contact sheet images of Richard Nixon and a group photograph of naked Oz staff by Phil Franks. The photograph, a different shot from the one chosen for the magazine's cover, features, on the back row from left: Don Atyeo (assistant editor); Marva Rees; Felix Dennis (editor); bottom row from left: Pat Woolley (of Wild & Woolley, the Australian alternative magazine and book distributor); Jim Maguire (advertising manager); and Maria Lexton (ex-Time Out poetry editor).
--OZ LETTER. A Typed Letter Signed by Oz Secretary, Bridget Murphy, dated February 10th, 1970. The brief letter, typed on b/w Oz letterhead paper featuring the pregnant elephant logo, answers a reader's query about the availability of back issues and lists the unavailable numbers. A few months later Murphy was photographed by David Nutter for the School kids issue as a bare breasted St. Trinian's schoolgirl brandishing a fake AK47, but the image was not used (Jim Anderson had recently met David Nutter, brother of Savile Row tailor Tommy Nutter, through Gay Liberation Front). Three faint horizontal mailing folds, o/w Near Fine.
- FRIENDS OF OZ PRESS KIT. An original 'Friends of Oz' Press Kit (June 1971), designed and compiled by Richard Adams, and reputed to have been distributed to The New York Times, The Herald Tribune, Le Monde, and Der Spiegel. Large quarto glossy yellow card folder, with Oz pregnant elephant and two Honeybunch Kaminski stickers to front cover.
-OZ. A printed sheet announcing Oz magazine's change of address to 19 Great Newport Street in early 1972. Printed in dark blue on pale blue stock. 14.9x21cm. Illustration by Rod Beddall. Fine. e.
- OZ. A single sheet (small size) of unused Oz Publications letterhead stationery featuring Robert Crumb's 'Three Graces', c. 1972. Printed in red, blue and black on grey stock. 20.8x14.7cm. Designed by Richard Adams. Fine. AN EXCEPTIONAL SET with the additions and in this condition.
Landmark underground paper (at the same time one of the most important subversive and revolutionary papers of the world), pioneering in modern avant garde art and counterculture of the sixties, lavishly illustrated with much colour and spectacular designs on the wrappers. Edited by Richard Neville and others. Artwork and contributions by: Martin Sharp, Rick Cuff, R. Crumb, Michael English, Larry Smart, Vytas Serelis, John Hurford, Willem (= Bernard Holtrop). Other contributors include: Andy Warhol, Germaine Greer, Edward de Bono, Colin MacInnes, Peter Porter, Alan Watts, Dave Dellinger, Auberon Waugh, Raymond Durgnat, Pete Townsend, a.o. - Number 5 "Special Surprise Issue" was issued as a yellow poster "Plant a Flower Child" (114 x 76 cm) folded to 28,7 x 19 cm). Oz Magazine, along with International Times was the underground magazine of the late Sixties in England. The magazine originated in Australia where it was founded by Richard Neville and Martin Sharp, who had moved to the UK in early 1967. The lavish and admirable illustrations are by Martin Sharp (the Bob Dylan cover of no. 7 is widely known), Rick Cuff, R. Crumb, Michael English, Larry Smart, Vytas Serelis, John Hurford, Willem (= Bernard Holtrop). Contributors included Germaine Greer, artist and filmmaker Philippe Mora, photographer Robert Whitaker, journalist Lillian Roxon, cartoonist Michael Leunig, Angelo Quattrocchi and David Widgery. We also find Andy Warhol, Edward de Bono, Colin MacInnes, Peter Porter, Alan Watts, Dave Dellinger, Auberon Waugh, Raymond Durgnat, Pete Townsend, a.o. With the emergence of new printing techniques and fluorescent inks and the use of new stock (also metallic foils). Oz quickly won renown as one of the most visually exciting publications of its time. Several issues of Oz include psychedelic wrap-around or pull-out posters by Sharp, London design duo Hapshash and the Coloured Coat and others. The all-graphic "Magic Theatre" edition (Oz no. 16), overseen by Sharp and Mora, has been described by British author Jonathon Green as "arguably the greatest achievement of the entire British underground press." The magazine regularly enraged the British Establishment with a range of left-field stories including heavy critical coverage of the Vietnam War (cover of no. 10) and the anti-war movement, discussions of drugs, sex and alternative lifestyles, and contentious political stories, such as the magazine's revelations about the torture of citizens under the rule of the military junta in Greece. In 1970, the editors put a notice in the magazine inviting "school kids" to edit an issue. The opportunity was taken up by around 20 secondary school students who produced "SCHOOLKIDS OZ". This term was widely misunderstood to mean that it was intended for school children, whereas it was a statement that it had been created by them. Oz was one of several 'underground' publications targeted by the Obscene Publications Squad, and their offices had already been raided on several occasions, but the conjunction of schoolchildren and arguably obscene material set the scene for the infamous Oz obscenity trial of 1971.This brought the magazine to the attention of the wider public. John Lennon and Yoko Ono joined the protest march against the prosecution and organised the recording of "God Save Oz" by the Elastic Oz Band to raise funds and gain publicity. The T-Shirt included with the set was meant to raise funds for the defense.