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Reports of cases in law and equity: from 1670 to 1706. With tables of the names of the cases and the principal matters by Richard Freeman

Les reports de Sir John Savile ... de divers special cases [1580-1594] cybien en le Court de common bank, come l'Exchequer en le temps de Royne Eizabeth. Ovesque deux tables; l’un des nosmes des cases, l’auteur des principal matters conteinus in yceux by Sir John Savile

Britannia: or, A chronographical description of Great Britain and Ireland, together with the adjacent islands. Written in Latin by William Camden

A complete system of geography : Being a description of all the countries, islands, cities, chief towns, harbours, lakes, and rivers, mountains, mines, &c. of the known world. Shewing the situation, extent, and boundaries of the several empires, kingdoms, republics, principalities, provinces, &c. their climate, soil, and produce ... and the distance and bearing of all the principal towns from one another. Including the most material revolutions and changes that have happen'd in every state ... by Emanuel Bowen

The reports of Sir Henry Yelverton, knight and baronet ... of divers special cases in the Court of King's Bench, as well in the latter end of the reign of Q. Elizabeth, as in the first ten years of K. James. [1602-1613] With two tables; one of the names of the cases, the other of the principal matters. Publish’d originally in French by Sir William Wylde, knight and baronet ... Now carefully translated, with the addition of many thousand references by Sir Henry Yelverton

Corps universel diplomatique du droit des gens; contenant vn recueil des traitez d’alliance, de paix, de treve, de neutralité, de commerce, d’échange ... & autres contrats, qui ont été faits en Europe, depuis le regne de l’empereur Charlemagne jusques à présent; avec les capitulations imperiales et royales ... le tout tiré en partie des archives de la ... maison d’Autriche, & en partie de celles de quelques autres princes & etats; comme aussi des protocolles de quelques grands ministre by Jean Dumont

Cases argued and adjudged in the High court of chancery. [1680-1719]. Published from the manuscripts of Thomas Vernon ... by order of the High court of chancery ... by Thomas Vernon

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About meThe Pennsylvania General Assembly was founded during the early colonial period. Today it is the legislative branch of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania's government.

About my libraryThe Pennsylvania General Assembly Collection was the 422-volume library of Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Currently residing in the Rare Books Room of the State Library of Pennsylvania, the General Assembly Collection slipped out of history after its move from Philadelphia to Harrisburg in the early years of the 19th century. It was only in the 1960s that dedicated researchers from Independence National Historic Park and the State Library of Pennsylvania realized the historical value of this collection, and that all of the volumes were still together.

The first books in the collection, the 'Statutes at Large,' were purchased after the Assembly directed its clerk, Benjamin Franklin, in 1745 to buy some law books and maps for their use. Starting in 1752, the Assembly's Speaker, Isaac Norris II, worked to purchase further books for the collection. Norris and Franklin purchased the books from dealers in London.

In following years, the books were boxed up and moved several times to protect them from war, and to follow the Assembly. Both General Assembly and its library moved to Harrisburg in 1812.

The books in this virtually intact colonial-era library are the core of today's State Library of Pennsylvania. Much of the Assembly Collection was conserved during 2007-2008 at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (Philadelphia, PA) under a prestigious "Save America's Treasures" grant. "Save America's Treasures" is a public-private partnership between the National Park Service and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

GroupsLibraries of Early America


Real namePennsylvania General Assembly

LocationState Library of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA

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Member sinceDec 22, 2008

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