18th century spell book went unnoticed

You can be sure nothing like this was hidden in a drawer by anyone in my family.

from the Tribune:
Book of household remedies and ‘spells’ from the 18th century to be auctioned

A hand-written book containing bizarre 18th century medical remedies including pike bones and dragon’s blood is to go under the hammer.

18th century medical book: Book of household remedies and 'spells' from the 18th century to be auctioned

The 64-page book, to be auctioned at Bonhams Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, was expected to fetch around £400.

Philippa Mulley, in her 50s, discovered the treasure buried under papers while clearing out her deceased aunt’s house in Norfolk more than 25 years ago.

She nearly threw the book out with the rubbish, but tucked it away in a drawer at home and forgot about it until last month.

Philippa, from St Bury Edmunds, who works with her husband Geoff, 55, a builder, said: “It nearly got thrown in the bin until we thought maybe it was worth keeping.

“I left it in a drawer and for a long time had no inclination to do anything about it.

“But I was having a sort out and though I should take it to get it valued among other things.”

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