King Alfred’s Notebook LLC offers medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, leaves, and fragments to educators, librarians, and private collectors interested in multiple dimensions of early book culture: curious scripts, ancient archetypes, uncommon texts, singular miniatures, representative genres, and extraordinary provenance. Our goal is to enhance the educational value of such scarce—and often unique—works by providing accurate bibliographical and aesthetic descriptions. All our offerings are carefully evaluated and affordably priced. We offer a full range of client services, including independent acquisition assessments, appraisals for tax and insurance purposes, and auction representation.
King Alfred’s Notebook is headquartered in historic Charleston,
We invite you to explore the manuscripts, leaves, and fragments in our online gallery. We carry out updates every two months, usually on the first of the month. While we try and remove sold items immediately, please note that inventory in the Gallery may already be sold. If you require more information about our offerings or additional images, please e-mail us at the “contact” link above.
In his Gesta Regum Anglorum, which dates to 1125, William of Malmesbury recounted how King Alfred the Great kept a notebook or “Enchiridion” into which he copied his favorite writings. William probably consulted this celebrated Enchiridion for details about King Alfred. Unfortunately, the manuscript disappeared and remains unrecovered, a truly shattering cultural loss. The Enchiridion may fairly be called “the world’s most famous lost medieval book.” Even a single page from this legendary notebook could have conveyed a wealth of knowledge about King Alfred and his turbulent age. When King Alfred’s Notebook was launched in 2010, its name was chosen to convey the inestimable learning that could be derived from medieval books like the Enchiridion, no matter their state of preservation. Our mission remains the recovery of once-treasured manuscripts, a “lost” cultural legacy particularly suitable for university teaching and research. The manuscripts, leaves, fragments offered here represent affordable examples of rare texts, curious formats, or representative sources that will engage students, teachers, librarians, and collectors.