One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The title of a book, printed on the right-hand page before the title page.
- ‘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).’
- ‘Each volume has the same spine title and half title.’
- 1.1 The title of a section of a book printed on the right-hand page before the section begins.
- ‘Each section has its own half-title and preface.’
- ‘At page 55 is a fullpage half title with over 30 figures.’
- 1.2 A page on which a half title is printed.
- ‘This set is with all half-titles present as is often not the case.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
half title/haf ˈtīdl/
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