88 160 (MIDRASH). Pirkei Rebi Eliezer (Attributed to Rabbi Eliezer ben Hyrcanus, brother-in-law of Raban Gamliel). Printer’s device on title (Yaari, Hebrew Printers Marks, no. 26). ff. 46. Worn and stained, signed by censors at end. Later limp vellum. Sm. 4to. [Vinograd, Sabbioneta 54.] Sabbioneta, Vincenzo Conti, 1567. $700-900 ❧ Pirkei Rebi Eliezer aims to inculcate ethical teachings for daily life by demonstrating moral values deduced from the Biblical narrative. The works’ style waxes poetic, especially concerning the coming of the Messiah, a subject to which many passages are devoted. “It cannot be said to be a strictly ethical book as it contains a good deal of extraneous matters, such as chapters on astronomy, the calculation of the calendar and many exotic legends.” See M. Waxman, History of Jewish Literature Vol. I, pp. 144-5. 161 (MISHNAH). Pirkei Avoth [Ethics of the Fathers]. With commentaries by Moses Maimonides and Ovadiah Sforno. Originally a part of the Bologna Machzor, issued in accordance to Roman rite. PRINTED ENTIRELY ON VELLUM. Initial words set within elegant frame. Conservator’s notes at end. Formerly, the Sholem Asch copy. ff. (24). A quote concerning the nature of the Jews’ exilic impurity written on final page. Expert marginal repairs, few light stains. Later calf, recased, modern dust-jacket and custom slip-case. Folio. [Vinograd, Bologna 16; Freimannn, Pergamentdrucke ZfHB Vol. 15 no. 63.] (Bologna, Menachem ben Abraham of Modena & Partners, 1540). $6000-9000 ❧ RARE VELLUM ISSUE. Comprises leaves 117-141 from Vol. I of the Bologna 1540 Machzor (see lot 143). See Treasures of the Valmadonna Trust Library - Otzroth Ya’akov, Vellum no. 15. Lot 160 (Bologna, Menachem ben Abraham of Modena & Lot 161