Speaking of front matter, one thing about it that you should be aware of is that it talks about the first section of the book and usually considered as the shortest and also, it goes the by the name of preliminary matter or prelims as well. It has been said as well that front matter either carries a single title page or multiple title pages, the foreword, a preface and a whole lot more. Now, as for the things that are included in the front matter, it actually depends on the type of publication, hence we listed down some of these possibilities for you to know and be aware of.
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.
What we will be introducing you first here as an example of front matter is the half title and talking about half title, this has something to do with a page that has the main title of the publication alone. 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. Based in the book being published, there are other things that may be included such as notices about safety, warranties, disclaimers, number of printings, publication date, notice of the edition, ISBN, information regarding the copyright and also, the name and address of the publisher.
Now that we are finished talking about the title page and the half title, let us move on to briefly discuss the dedication page, which is know for being a part of the front matter that is allotted for the dedication message written by the author of the publication towards someone they dedicate the entire publication too.
Aside from what we have already stated above, another one that you should know of as an example of front matter is the epigraph and speaking of epigraph, this pertains to the quotation that is included by the author which is relevant yet, not essential to the publication itself.
We have here in our list the table of contents which is one of the most common thing you will see in a publication that has chapters and pages and the table of contents is something placed in the middle of the front matter.