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half title

[ haf tahyt-l ]

noun

  1. Also called bas·tard ti·tle [bas, -terd tahyt-l]. 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.
  2. the title of any subdivision of a book when printed on a full page by itself.


half-title

noun

  1. the short title of a book as printed on the right-hand page preceding the title page
  2. a title on a separate page preceding a section of a book


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Word History and Origins

Origin of half title1

First recorded in 1875–80
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Example Sentences

The title-page and the half-title, when found to be out of square, should nearly always be put straight.

Subtitle, sub′tī-tl, n. an additional or second title to a book, a half-title.

First edition, with engraving by G. Van der Gucht on the verso of the half-title.

Fifth edition, except of Volume IV, which is second, according to the half-title.

Collation: The same as the preceding issue, without the duplicate half-title, T1.

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