Can you help to solve mys­tery of note­book?

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STAFF from the St Ann’s shop in Stock­port were sur­prised to find a rather un­usual hand­writ­ten note­book amongst goods do­nated.

The book, which is dated 1865, is en­ti­tled ‘W Tat­ton’s Re­ceipt Book’, but in ad­di­tion to de­tails of mon­e­tary trans­ac­tions also in­cludes a range of recipes, hints and tips from the era.

Ni­cola Rust, man­ager of the shop at Great Un­der­bank in Stock­port town cen­tre, be­gan her ca­reer sell­ing sec­ond-hand books and has worked in the book in­dus­try for more than 25 years.

She’s ap­peal­ing for any­one who might be able to shed light on the his­tory of the book to come for­ward.

She said: “This note­book is a de­light­ful in­sight into what life was like at the time of writ­ing and we al­ready feel like we know a lot about W Tat­ton thanks to the pieces he or she has penned.

“We’re des­per­ate to find out who they might be and to fill in any gaps be­fore this book goes on sale, so would love any­one who might be able to help us to get in touch.”

Notes in the book in­clude tips on how to make cheap tooth pow­der, in­for­ma­tion on how to weld cart steel, facts on the care of mous­taches and whiskers, a recipe for raisin wine and in­struc­tions on mak­ing freckle lo­tion.

The St Ann’s Stock­port shop has a whole floor ded­i­cated to the sale of books, in­clud­ing many rare and un­usual edi­tions.

It re­cently auc­tioned rare science publi­ca­tions, in­clud­ing one writ­ten and signed by the No­bel Prize win­ning physi­cist Pi­eter Zeeman.

Ni­cola added: “It’s such a plea­sure to be able to read this note­book and to get a glimpse of what life was like in the 1860s.

“We’re re­ally hop­ing lo­cal peo­ple can help us to solve the mys­tery of its prove­nance.”

●●The mys­tery W Tat­ton note­book

●●Ni­cola Rust with the shop’s book col­lec­tion

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