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17th century book fetches 4,500
A 17th century cookbook that was expected to be sold for 1,000 has fetched 4,500 at auction in Lichfield.

Stewed calf's head and hare mince pies feature in "The Accomplished Cook, the Art and Mastery of Cookery", which was found in a house in Derby.

The book, dating from 1678, was bought by an anonymous phone bidder in London over the phone on Wednesday.

Auctioneer Charles Hanson said they had also had bids from potential buyers in Switzerland, Canada and Australia.

"I think the book had a great romance," he said.

"It really caught the minds and imaginations of a pool of quite serious private collectors and I think it being so early, and being one of the most important cookery books written after the Restoration of 1660, really made a strong auction price."


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