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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

Journals of Congress. Containing the proceedings from January 1, 1779 to January 1, 1780 ... Volume V by United States Continental Congress

The architecture of A. Palladio; in four books. Containing a short treatise of the five orders, and the most necessary observations concerning all sorts of building: as also the different construction of private and publick houses, high-ways, bridges, market-places, xystes, and temples, with their plans, sections, and uprights. Revis’d, design’d, and publish’d by Giacomo Leoni ... Tr. from the Italian original. by Andrea Palladio

A collection of acts and ordinances of general use, made in the Parliament begun and held at Westminster the third day of November, anno 1640 : and since, unto the adjournment of the Parliament begun and holden the 17th of September, anno 1656. and formerly published in print, which are here printed at large with marginal notes, or abbreviated: being a continuation of that vvork from the end of Mr Pulton's collection. In two parts. Together with several tables of the titles of, and principal matters ... by Henry Scobell

De l'attaque et de la defense des places by Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban

A general abridgment of cases in equity, argued and adjudged in the High Court of Chancery, &c. [1667-1730?] With several cases never before published, alphabetically digested under proper titles; with notes and references to the whole. And three tables by Robert Foley

Codex juris ecclesiastici anglicani; or, The statutes, constitutions, canons, rubricks and articles, of the Church of England, methodically digested under their proper heads. With a commentary, historical and juridical. Before it, is an introductory discourse, concerning the present state of the power, discipline and laws, of the Church of England: and after it, an Appendix of instruments, ancient and modern by Edmund Gibson

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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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