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Royal genealogies: or, The genealogical tables of emperors, kings and princes, from Adam to these times; in two parts by James Anderson

State tracts: being a collection of several treatises relating to the government. Privately Printed in the reign of K. Charles II

The reports and arguments [1665-1674] of that learned judge, Sir John Vavghan, kt. Late Chief Justice of His Majesties Court of Common Pleas. Being all of them special cases, and many wherein he pronounced the resolution of the whole Court of Common Pleas ... Pub. by his son, Edward Vavghan, esq. by Sir John Vaughan

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

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 adjudged, in the Court of King's Bench, at Westminster : in the 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th years of the reign of his late Majesty, King George, the Second, [1733-1738] : during which time the late Lord chief Justice Hardwicke presided in that court : to which are added, some determinations of the late Lord Chief Justice Lee and also two equity ones by Lord Chancellor Hardwicke published under the inspection of a noble lord, and eminent lawyer ; with notes and references... by Great Britain (Court of King's Bench)

The history of the world, in five books by Sir Walter Raleigh

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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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