According to the Daily Beast “A new X-ray process allows owners of books from four centuries of printing history (and mummy masks) to know if they have priceless manuscripts hidden inside.

Even more exciting? There are thousands and thousands of books sitting in libraries, personal collections, and book stores ripe for this treatment…

In fact, the same technology was used a few years ago “to discover a previously unknown self-portrait of Rembrandt underneath another work” and to uncoverĀ the “oldest Ptolemaic fragment of the Odyssey (currently on display at the Met) from the cartonnage of a mummy mask…”

Hey, it may be time to check the attic, if not for mummy masks, for other hidden treasures!

(Thanks, as always, to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providingĀ ATG Quirkies!)