When we say front matter, we are actually referring to the first section of the book and is generally the shortest page out of the whole book, not to mention that at times it is pertained to as the prelims or the preliminary matter. Not only that, there goes the fact as well that front matter is a term that is used to best describe a simple single title page or multiple title pages, foreword, preface and a whole lot more. With regards to matters concerning the things that can be found in the front matter, well, they actually depend on the kind of publication being published, thus we have this article to let you know and get familiar with some of these possibilities.
Below, what we will be doing is that we will be listing down some good examples of front matter that you should know of, therefore we suggest you to continue your read.
The first in our list that we will be introducing to you is the half title and when we say half title, we are actually referring to a page that has only the main title of the publication itself. Both the subtitle as well as the name of the author are omitted from this page of the front matter.
The next one here in our list which we want you to know of is the title page and speaking of title page, it is a page that has, at the minimum, the entire title of the work and this include the subtitle if there is any as well as the name of the author, alongside the illustrator if possible. Dependent on the type of book being published, there are other things that might be included in the title page like the date of publication, the name and address of the publisher, notices about safety, information regarding copyright, warranties, ISBN, disclaimers, notice of edition as well as the number of printings, among other things.
What we have here next that must be discussed with you is the dedication page and one thing you have to know about it is the fact that it is part of the front matter which is written by the author and includes the name of the person or the people to whom he or she is written the publication for.
The we have the epigraph and when we say epigraph, we are actually referring to a quotation that is included by the author which is relevant to the publication but is not important at all.
The table of contents is something that is usually placed in the middle of the front matter.