Can you help to solve mystery of notebook?
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