January 10, 2015 in 

A half-title is the leaf preceding the title page of a book, and typically only displays the book’s title. The purpose of the half-title is to allow the reader to identify the work without having to open the book and look at the title page.

The half-title leaf is not part of the main text block and is therefore usually not numbered. In early printed books, the half-title was often the first leaf of the book and was therefore given the folio number ‘1’. However, in modern books, the half-title is usually found after the front matter, and so is given a page number after the front matter has been numbered.

The half-title is often confused with the frontispiece, which is a separate piece of artwork found after the half-title and before the title page. The frontispiece is not part of the text block and is usually not numbered.

A half-title is a preliminary page in a book, typically preceding the title page, giving the book’s title. The half-title is often omitted from modern books, especially mass-market paperbacks, but can be useful in providing a quick identification of the work in question when there is doubt, or when the title page itself is missing.

The term “half-title” can also refer to a page preceding the main title page in a newspaper or other periodical. This page typically contains the paper’s masthead and other information such as the date, issue number, and cost.

A half-title is the title page of a book that is followed by the copyright page and the table of contents. The half-title often includes the book’s title and author’s name. The half-title is important because it is the first page that a reader sees when they open a book. The half-title sets the tone for the book and can make a reader want to read more.

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CJ McDaniel

CJ grew up admiring books. His family owned a small bookstore throughout his early childhood, and he would spend weekends flipping through book after book, always sure to read the ones that looked the most interesting. Not much has changed since then, except now some of those interesting books he picks off the shelf were designed by his company!

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