II.1. Comm. on Ecclesiastes

I. Manuscripts

Beryl Smalley notes that there is a fragmentary commentary on the book of Ecclesiastes that is perhaps by Robert Holcot. The commentary in question is incomplete and terminates with Ecclesiastes 3:20. While attribution to Holcot is far from certain, Smalley observes that the work is preserved in a fourteenth-century English manuscript that contains sections of Holcot’s commentaries on Wisdom and Ecclesiasticus. Further, she notes that the work contains “local allusions” (i.e., English allusions) and “is in Holcot’s classicising style” (English Friars and Antiquity, 142). Unfortunately, there has been almost no work on this incomplete commentary since Beryl Smalley identified it half a century ago. This is perhaps due to Smalley’s judgment that “the script is so rough as to be barely legible in places” (ibid.). The following is discussed in Smalley and listed in Stegmuller 7414 and Kaeppeli 3495.

London, British Library, Royal 2.D.IV, fols. 90r-159v.

The following works are listed in Sharpe 1475:

Braunschweig, Stadtbibliothek, Ms. 136
Leipzig, Universitätsbibliothek, Ms. 344, fols. 171r-257v.
Madrid, Biblioteca nacional, Ms. 507, fols. 126r-182v.

Leonhard Huntpichler was a 15th-century scholar who copied (in two separate manuscripts) sections of Holcot’s commentary on Ecclesiastes (in the hopes of writing his own commentary on the book). See Isnard W. Frank, “Leonhard Huntpichler O. P. (+ 1478), Theologieprofessor und Ordensreformer in Wien,” in: Archivum Fratrum Praedicatorum 36 (1966) 313-388, here 364. He lists:

Vienna, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek 4149, fol 97-109 (Nr. 6)
Vienna, Dominikanerbibliothek 14/14, fols. 132-136

(Thank you to Ueli Zahnd for the information regarding L. Huntpichler’s notes regarding the commentary on Ecclesiastes).

II. Incunabula/Early Modern Editions

There is no known incunabula or early modern edition of the commentary on Ecclesiastes.


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