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Frontispiece (left) and title page (right) of the Introductio in Universam Geographiam by Philipp Clüver , 1686 (Archive Gymnasium Langenberg )

The frontispiece (from French frontispice "front side", originally referring to the front spike of buildings ; from Latin frontispicium, this a combination of frons "forehead" and spicere "look") or the title of the picture is a decorative or informative figure that is based on the second page opposite the title page (page 3). It is usually printed on the back of the half- page title (page 1). In contrast, a full-page copperplate engraving that functions as a title page is referred to as a copper title .

The frontispiece page - this is the name of the page opposite the title to this day in the field of book production - is often unprinted in newer books (then called the vacant page ), in biographies or art volumes it can be provided with an image, e.g. B. with a portrait of the author. In the case of scientific editions, series or work editions, information on the entire series can also be found on this page. It is part of the title of a book.

Some paperbacks contain information on the content of the book, the author and his other publications on these pages .


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