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half title

Also called bastard title. the first printed page of certain books, appearing after the end papers and before the title page and containing only the title of the book.
the title of any subdivision of a book when printed on a full page by itself.
Origin of half title
First recorded in 1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • half title, title, table of contents and preface, and all other matter preceding the main part of the book.

    Library Bookbinding Arthur Low Bailey
  • Omitted page numbers were half title or blank pages in the original book.

    The Washer of the Ford Fiona Macleod
  • Similarly, under the heading Calais, the reader is referred to page i, which is the half title page of the printed book.

    The Great Pestilence (A.D. 1348-9) Francis Aidan Gasquet
  • Omitted page numbers refer to half title or blank pages in the original book.

    The Weird Orient Henry Iliowizi

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