Definition of half-title in English:



  • 1The title of a book, printed on the right-hand page before the title page.

    • ‘Each volume has the same spine title and half title.’
    • ‘It is a re-issue of the 71-page 2nd edition of 1714, with a different half-title and titlepage, p.71 reset, and the charter added (pp. 73-101).’
    1. 1.1The title of a section of a book printed on the right-hand page before it.
      • ‘At page 55 is a fullpage half title with over 30 figures.’
      • ‘Each section has its own half-title and preface.’
    2. 1.2A page on which a half-title is printed.
      ‘the half-title often carries on the verso the printer's imprint’
      • ‘This set is with all half-titles present as is often not the case.’
      • ‘Anyone who, like myself, has front matter in their books such as title pages, half-titles, copyright and dedication pages, etc. may want to not have their previews generated automatically but instead opt for choosing a page range.’
      • ‘Never since have I set eyes on a ‘first’ of Mrs Roche's best-known novel, and on only two ‘firsts’ of Horrid Mysteries; and although it was regrettable that Samuel Whitbread's binders had destroyed half-titles, I soon knew enough of the difficulties of my subject to treasure with gratitude what they had left behind.’
      • ‘A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy is likewise represented in a first edition, with half-titles and a subscriber's list.’
      • ‘It wasn't until I was thumbing through Designing Books: Practice and Theory by Jost Hochuli that the mere existence of the half-title was brought to my attention.’