Horayos seems to be laid out differently from the usual--with Rashi (or what is called Rashi, even if perhaps not by him) on both sides, Tosafos at the bottom and dedicated space for Rabbeinu Chananel on every daf. Does anybody know why? Thanks.

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    Could it be because there's a lot of Rashi on Horayos, so they have to put Tosfos on the bottom because Rashi takes up so much room?
    – ezra
    Apr 9, 2018 at 19:45
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    @ezra While I agree with your point, I would actually say it the other way around: not that there's specifically a lot of Rashi, just that there's very little Tosfos! If I'm not mistaken, there are plenty of Daf in that Mesechta (and I use the term 'plenty' loosely, since there aren't that many Daf to begin with :P ) that don't have Tosfos at all. As an aside, I'm sure I've seen a handful of other places where Rashi is on both sides and no Tosfos, so I think the answer to this question is: it's simply a publishing/stylistic decision based on what they have to print. Apr 9, 2018 at 20:07

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This is because when the pagination of the Talmud was standardized, no Tosafot were printed on the page for Horayot.

Here's the first page of the Venice edition of the Horayot that standardized the pagination of the Talmud: enter image description here

As you can see, it has Rashi but no Tosafot.

The Tosafot were added in the Vilna edition with this note to explain their provenance: They were found in a manuscript and had already been printed with Hagahot Asheri on Sukka.

enter image description here

Since the form of the page had already been standardized, they were added outside the page along with the other things added in the Vilna edition (such as Rabbeinu Chanan'el, which was also printed for the first time in the Vilna edition).


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