Manuscripts/Editions

Mark Twain wrote that to succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence. It seems that this can be fittingly applied to the thankless job of compiling lists of manuscripts. One can put forth an authoritative list of manuscripts only by being confident and ignorant. Confident that one’s reader will be generous and overlook the many mistakes and oversights, and ignorant of the fact that, ultimately, there is no end to such work. This is a provisional list that will need to be continually updated–with that in mind, I appreciate any corrections, additions, emendations, etc. If you find errors in the following lists, or have further evidence or documentation (or links to online primary sources), I encourage you to send me corrections and updates using the response feature (or send them to johnslotemaker [at] gmail [dot] com.)

Research on Robert Holcot is often complicated by the fact that it can be difficult to find or secure a primary source. The problem is twofold: (1) it is difficult to get a reliable list of manuscripts and early printed editions for Holcot’s treatises (as the lists of sources are often printed in out of print books, articles, etc.); and (2) it is difficult to access the manuscripts and editions (once one has a reliable list).  Here I have attempted to address these problems by listing the manuscripts and incunabula of Holcot’s works and by providing links when these works are available online (of course, if I am missing a link, etc., please let me know). To do so, I have relied extensively on the research of others (with proper acknowledgement and documentation). The most significant resources in this regard are (alphabetically): M. W. Bloomfield, et al., Incipits of Latin Works on the Virtues and Vices, 1000-1500 AD (Cambridge, MA, 1979); Thomas Kaeppeli, O.P., Scriptores Ordinis Praedicatorum Medii Aevi: Volume III, I-S (Rome, 1980), 313-320 (however, the lists of Kaeppeli are incomplete); J. Quétif and J. Échard, Scriptores ordinis praedicatorum recensiti… (Paris, 719-1721), 629-632; Richard Sharpe, A Handlist of Latin Writers of Great Britain and Ireland Before 1540, with Additions and Corrections (Belgium, 2001); Johannes Baptist Schneyer, Repertorium der Lateinischen Sermones des Mittelalters für die Zeit von 1150-1350, 11 vols., Beiträge zur Geschichte der Philosophie und Theologie des Mittelalters, 43 (Münster: Aschendorff, 1969-1990).

I. Scholastic Works

1. The Sentences Commentary
2. Quodlibetal Questions
3. Six Articles

II. Biblical Commentaries/Preaching Aids

1. Commentary on Ecclesiastes
2. Commentary on Ecclesiasticus
3. Commentary on The Twelve Minor Prophets
4. Commentary on Wisdom
5. Moralitates
6. Convertimini

III. Sermons

IV. Spurious Works

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