December 17, 2023 in 

Before a book’s title page, you will find the half-title. It showcases only the book’s title and enables readers to identify the work without having to flip through and locate the title page.

The half-title is not typically numbered since it does not belong to the main text block. In older printed books, it would often be positioned as the first leaf of the book and accordingly assigned folio number ‘1’. However, in modern books, it usually appears after the front matter pages. It receives a subsequent page number following its numbering.

Many confuse the half-title with another element called a frontispiece. The frontispiece is a separate artwork found after the half-title but before the title page. Unlike its counterpart, it doesn’t factor into numbering or belongs within the text block.

Refer to its preliminary half-title to briefly identify a book when uncertain or lacking access to its full title page. Despite being omitted from some contemporary books (especially mass-market paperbacks), this inclusion aids swift recognition of specific works.

It’s worth mentioning that “half-title” pertains to a newspaper or periodical’s preceding page before its main title page. This informative opening typically encompasses masthead information, date, issue number, and price details.

A crucial component in any book is the half-title—preceding both copyright information and table of contents pages. Often featuring both publisher logos alongside author credentials or name alongside solely presenting only key identifying elements—the importance lies in how this first sight upon opening sets expectations for readers, potentially enticing them further into exploring what awaits within those pages!

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