- an illustrated leaf preceding the title page of a book.
- Architecture. a façade, or a part or feature of a façade, often highlighted by ornamentation.
Origin of frontispiece
Examples from the Web for frontispiece
The frontispiece illustration has been moved to follow the title page.
Is there a frontispiece to it of "Raine poring over his own book?"
The frontispiece to this book gives me extraordinary pleasure.The Home
This edition also contained as a frontispiece a portrait of the Queen.A Short History of English Printing, 1476-1898
Henry R. Plomer
The book contains 192 pages, with a frontispiece illustration.The Blunders of a Bashful Man
Metta Victoria Fuller Victor
- an illustration facing the title page of a book
- the principal façade of a building; front
- a pediment, esp an ornamented one, over a door, window, etc
Word Origin and History for frontispiece
1590s, "decorated entrance of a building," from Middle French frontispice, probably from Italian frontespizio and Late Latin frontispicium "facade," originally "a view of the forehead, judgment of character through facial features," from Latin frons (genitive frontis) "forehead" (see front (n.)) + specere "to look at" (see scope (n.1)). Sense of "illustration facing a book's title page" first recorded 1680s. The spelling alteration is apparently from confusion with piece.