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The statutes at large, from Magna Charta to the [thirtieth] year of King George the Second inclusive [1225-1757] by Great Britain (Parliament)

Rules for drawing the several parts of architecture, in a more exact and easy manner than has been heretofore practised, by which all fractions, in dividing the principal members and their parts, are avoided by James Gibbs

Jus parliamentarium; or, The ancient power, jurisdiction, rights and liberties, of the most high court of Parliament, revived and asserted. In two parts by William Petyt

The laws, ordinances, and institutions of the Admiralty of Great Britain, civil and military : comprehending, I. Such ancient naval laws and customs as are still in use. II. An abstract of the statutes in force relating to maritime affairs and commerce. III. The marine treaties at large. IV. A critical account of naval affairs and commerce, from the reign of Alfred the Great. V. The present state of the navy, and of the officers, offices, ships, etc. thereof, interspersed with dissertations, notes and ... by Great Britain (Admiralty)

The book of common prayer : and administration of the sacraments, and other rites and ceremonies of the church : according to the use of the Church of England : together with the Psalter or Psalms of David : pointed as they are to be sung or said in churches: and the form or manner of making, ordaining, and consecrating of bishops, priests, and deacons by Church of England

Le livre des assises et pleas del' Corone, Moves & Dependants devant les justices Sibien en lour circuits come aylours, en temps du Roy Edward le Tiers, avec une Table Des principal’s matter’s des pleas del’ Corone. Or nouvel’ment imprime’, & corrige’ : avec une novelle Table des touts les principals Cases contenus in cest Livre, & les Titles sous queux Sir Robert Brook les Pleas de ceo ad abbrege’: colges, & proprement escrits en le margin de chacun Plea by Sir Robert Brooke

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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