- 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
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Examples from the Web for half-title
There is no half-title in the Museum copy of this alternative First Edition.The Works of Lord Byron, Vol. 7.
George Gordon Byron
A half-title page has been removed from the front of the book.The Bruce
"Of Taste" is found only on the half-title of the first edition.The Man of Taste
On the half-title is the inscription, "with the Author's best esteem."
On the verso of the half-title is the Imprimatur, dated February 6, 1722.
- the short title of a book as printed on the right-hand page preceding the title page
- a title on a separate page preceding a section of a book
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