Manuscript notebook from Blackburn on different coloured paper (1838)


ATTRACTIVELY BOUND MANUSCRIPT ON CARTOMANCY Written in a single hand, untitled, but with the ownership signature of R. Sattersale, Blackburn Mile, 1838.

Date: 1838

Manuscript written in a single hand, in an un-ruled 8vo notebook of different coloured paper; ff. 52; pp. [8]; ff. [38] blank; first section written in landscape across the page; some occasional light foxing and marginal finger soiling; uncut, in a most attractively blindstamped black cloth, stamped with the name Dobson along upper edge, with the word ‘Album’ in gilt on spine, top edge gilt, head of spine neatly repaired, extremities lightly rubbed and bumped.

Ramsden, London Bookbinders, and Packer, Bookbinders of Victorian London, both note a Joseph Dobson working in London between 1838-1840.

A personal album of cartomancy, written in a neat hand on multicoloured paper, and bound in a most attractive binding, by Joseph Dobson. Belonging to one ‘R. Sattersale’ of Blackburn, Lancashire, a check of the 1841 census reveals a number of Lancashire Sattersale’s - but we believe the volume may well have belong to one Rose Sattersale. Ms. Sattersale uses the most popular form of fortune-telling and card reading i.e. by using a set of standard playing cards. The author diverts, however, from more common interpretations of the cards, and has instead penned a series of light-hearted verses as answers, suggesting that this was for personal amusement amongst friends.


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