Maseches Derech Eretz U’Pirkey Ben Azzai. First Edition. Riva Di trento, 1561
Maseches Derech Eretz on ethics, morals and proper conduct.
This tractate, one of the shortest ones in the Talmud, encompasses lessons taught by the Tanna’im regarding Jewish ethics and proper comportment.
This was the first time that Maseches Derech Eretz was printed independently of the Talmud. It presents as a small, exceedingly rare booklet encompassing 11 leaves.
This edition was the first to include Pirkei Ben Azzai, which comprise Chaps 3-11 of the Maseches Derech Eretz. These chapters were printed here for the first time and do not
appear in the former Justinian Press Talmud Bavli (1550).
“Maseches Derech Eretz precedes Torah…” (Iggeres HaGr”a)
Riva Detrinto, 1561. 11 leaves. Title page framed in ornate decorative border.
First words of every section encased in attractive woodcut borders. New leather binding.
Stefansky, Sifrei Yesod #44
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