There is usually some prints on the starting pages in a book which many people wonder about. Many times most people just skip that information since they do not see any importance in reading it. This information, however, contains very important content that should be read. This information in those few first pages of a book is what is referred to as the front matter.
The shortest part of the book is the first part which is called the front matter. The first section of any book is also known as preliminary matter. Some books only contain the title in the preliminary matter. We can also have the front matter composed of more information. In addition to the title of the book, the front matter may include prologue and preamble. The introduction of the book as well as the preface can be contained in the preliminary matter together with a number of title pages.
The type of the publishing used for the book in most cases determines what is contained in the preliminary matter. Publishing companies usually determine the kind of preliminary matter contained in a book. There are various kinds of contents that are found in the preliminary matter.
In some books there is a page that only consists of the major title contained on a single page called the half title. There is usually omission of the name of the author and subtitles in this part of the front matter. Title pages usually follow in after the half title in the preliminary matter. The title pages contain information that includes the full title, author’s name, as well as other titles.
The type of the book usually determines whether there will be additional information on the title pages. The identification of the printing company together with its address may also be found in the title pages of some books. Copyright details as well as the date of production of the book are also printed on the title pages. Many more details can be found on the title pages.
Another section of the front matter of a book is the dedication. Identifications of people who the publication is dedicated to are found in the dedication. In some cases there occurs an echo by the writer concerning a matter that is not particularly in line with the publication. This quotation appears in the preliminary matter as an epigraph.
Similarly, a very common content of the preliminary matter is a table of contents. The table of contents is usually centralized in the preliminary matter and gives vital information concerning the book. Information pertaining the various sections of the books is usually found in the table of contents. Individuals mentioned by the author as helping him or her in the authoring of the book are found in the acknowledgements in the front matter.