From publisher blurb:
My Dearest Student,
I am glad to hear that you were accepted into the Aubergrave Academy of Magecraft. I wasn't surprised that you were able to gain entrance-I've always known you were a bright and promising young pupil, but still, I am excited to hear that you will be joining the elite ranks of mages who've attended Aubergrave. I'm sure you recall that it was the academy I attended when I was young, and, if what Dean Revis tells me about your entrance tests is true, I'm sure that your father would have been very proud of you.
To celebrate the occasion, I wanted to provide you with a book of spells that was given to me when I joined the academy, and which has proven invaluable both as a student, and in later parts of my life as well. Many of the spells in this tome are ones that I still use regularly to this day. Know that these aren't the kinds of spells that you will be taught in the academy: they're notably more subtle and complex, but I assure you that they are well worth the time required to learn them, and should help you greatly in your time at the academy. Magic missile and summon monster can only take you so far, after all...