Most likely you have gone through a book and noticed that there was some information on the first pages of the book. Many times most people just skip that information since they do not see any importance in reading it. This information, however, contains very important content that should be read. The total of the contents in the initial pages of a book is called the front matter.
The initial section in a book, or the front matter, usually contains very few pages. Front matter can also be referred to in other words as preliminary matter. Some books only contain the title in the preliminary matter. We can also have the front matter composed of more information. In addition to the title of the book, the front matter may include prologue and preamble. 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. This is usually different for different publishing companies. We have different examples of front matter as contained in different books.
In some books there is a page that only consists of the major title contained on a single page called 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. It is in this pages that information on the complete book title, other titles and the identification of the author are found.
The type of the book usually determines whether there will be additional information 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. Copyright details as well as the date of production of the book are also printed on the title pages. These pages may also contain additional information depending on the publisher.
In most cases the author of the book may include the pledge to the book and this will be contained 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. An epigraph is the echo put across by the writer in 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. Information pertaining the various sections of the books is usually found in the table of contents. The writer may at times acknowledge people who contributed in the publication of the book.