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Le premier [-second] part de les reports del' cases en ley : que furent argues en le temps de le tres haut & puissant prince Roy Edward le Tierce by Sir Robert Brooke

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

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 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

An institute of the laws of Scotland in civil rights: with observations upon the agreement or diversity between them and the laws of England. In four books. After the general method of the Viscount of Stair's Institutions by Lord Andrew Macdowall Bankton

Reports of that reverend and learned judge, Sir Humphry Winch, knight; sometimes one of the judges of the Court of Common Pleas. Containing many choice cases, and excellent matters touching declarations, pleadings, demurrers, judgements, and resolutions in points of law, in the foure last years of the raign of King James [1621-1625] faithfully translated out of an exact French copie, with two alphabetical, and necessary tables, the one of the names of the cases, the other of the principal matters contained by Sir Humphrey Winch

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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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