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The history and antiquities of the Exchequer of the kings of England, in two periods: to wit, from the Norman conquest, to the end of the reign of K. John; and from the end of the reign of K. John, to the end of the reign K. Edward II: taken from records. Together with a correct copy of the Ancient dialogue concerning the Exchequer, generally ascribed to Gervasius Tilburiensis; and a Dissertation concerning the most ancient Great roll of the Exchequer, commonly styled the Roll of Quinto regis Stephani by Thomas Madox

The fourth part of the institutes of the laws of England : concerning the jurisdiction of courts by Sir Edward Coke

The naval history of England, in all its branches; from the Norman Conquest in the year 1066, to the conclusion of 1734. Collected from the most approved historians, English and foreign, authentick records and manuscripts, scarce tracts, original journals, &c. by Thomas Lediard

Consuetudo, vel, Lex mercatoria; or, The ancient law-merchant in three parts, according to the essentials of traffic... whereunto are annexed ... tracts by Gerard Malynes

A New pandect of Roman civil law, as anciently established in that new empire; and now received and practised in most European nations: with many useful observations thereon; shewing, wherein that law differs from the municipal laws of Great Britain, from the canon law in general, and from that part of it now in use here with us in England. Whereunto is prefix’d, by way of introduction, a preliminary discourse, touching the rise and progress of the civil law, from the most early times of the Roman empire by John Ayliffe

Reports and pleadings of cases in assise, for offices, nusances, lands and tenaments; shewing the manner of proceeding in assises of novel disseinsin ... with observations on every case ... To which are added, writs of assise, & c. By John Lilly ... To which is added, a prefatory discourse, shewing the nature of this action, and reasons for putting it in practice by John Lilly

A book of architecture, containing designs of buildings and ornaments by James Gibbs

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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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