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The history of the High court of Parliament, its antiquity, preheminence and authority; and the history of court baron and court leet by Thornhagh Gurdon

Les reports de Gulielme Benloe serjeant del ley, des divers pleadings et cases en le Court del Comon-bank, en le several roignes de les tres hault & excelent princes, le roy Henry VII. Henry VIII. Edw. VI. & le roignes Mary & Elizabeth by William Bendlowes

Cases argued and decreed in the High Court of Chancery ... [1660-1697] by Great Britain (High Court of Chancery)

Memorials of the English affairs; or, An historical account of what passed from the beginning of the reign of Charles the First, to King Charles the Second his happy restauration. Containing the publick transactions, civil and military. Together with the private consultations and secrets of the cabinet by Sir Bulstrode Whitelocke

The Oceana and other works of James Harrington esq; collected, methodiz’d, and review’d, with an exact account of his life prefix’d, by John Toland. To which is added, an appendix, containing all the political tracts wrote by this author, omitted in Mr. Toland’s edition by James Harrington

Les reports du treserudite Edmund Anderson, chivalier, nadgairs, seigniour chief justice del Common-bank. Des mults principals cases argues & adjuges en le temps del jadis roign Elizabeth cibien en le Common-bank come devant touts les juges de cest roialme [1534-1604], colligees & escries per luy mesme & imprimees per l’original ore remaneant en les maines del imprimeur. Ove deux tables des nosmes des cases & des principal matters conteinus en yceux by Sir Edmund Anderson

An Universal history from the earliest account of time to the present : compiled from original authors and illustrated with maps, cuts, notes, chronological and other tables by George Psalmanazar

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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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