Most likely you have gone through a book and noticed that there was some information on the first pages of the book. It is a common behavior to see vast individuals skipping the initial content printed on the initial pages of a book. However, the information contained on the first books pages serves a great importance. Front matter is what we find printed on the starting pages of a book.
The shortest part of the book is the first part which is called the front matter. The first section of any book is also known as preliminary matter. Some books only contain the title in the preliminary matter. The preliminary matter can consist of the title as well as other added material. This additional material can be contained in various pages with the title, a foreword, preface and other information. The introduction of the book as well as the preface can be contained in the preliminary matter together with a number of title pages.
The kind of production of the book may dictate the kind of content contained in the front matter. The front matter used is usually distinct to various printing organizations. We have different examples of front matter as contained in different books.
An example of preliminary matter is when we have a page that only contains the title referred to as the half title. Other topics and the identification of the author of the book are usually not contained in the half title of the book. The second content of the front matter is usually the page or pages which also contain the title. These pages usually include the full topic, any subtitles and the name of the writer.
Various books may contain various content on the title pages. The identification of the printing company together with its address may also be found in the title pages of some books. Content regarding reprinting of the book and the actual event of printing can also be found here. These pages may also contain additional information depending on the publisher.
Information on dedication of the book is also found in the preliminary matter. This section usually indicates the names of the people that the author chooses to write the book to. Many authors usually find the need to write down a quote in the front matter. This quotation made by the author is usually referred to as the epigraph and is part of the front matter.
Many books usually contain a brief titling of what is contained in the book. The table of contents is usually centralized in the preliminary matter and gives vital information concerning the book. This gives a list or slight description of various main topics in a book. Individuals mentioned by the author as helping him or her in the authoring of the book are found in the acknowledgements in the front matter.