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Title page or title page the cover side of a publication is called:

  • with newspapers and magazines the first side (the word title page is here nearly more common therefore), and/or the front of the Covers with the emblem of the magazine, its signature and the current frontispiece
  • with books, brochures or paperbacks on the first, third or fifth side: The side, which calls the entire title with sub-title and author and mostly also the publishing house.

The title page in the book: Demarcations

With statements about the title page, differentiations are to be considered.

Today's books tend to have colored Cover, on those the title with responding picture, which appears "frontispiece". In the book production of the Cover or the front of the Schutzumschlags one speaks here. The title page has its historical place on the first or third (right) side of the book block.

In early pressures the title page was the first printed page of the book. It a Frontispiz could become upstream - a copper pass or with cheaper books a woodcut. Most Buchbinder bound the Frontispiz for the title page opposite, so that it (as in the accompanying example) stood on the left of the title page right. (Occasionally one defines that here as "copper title" a Frontispiz, the title with the picture or within the picture repeated.)

"Vortitel", a side, which nothing when (likewise rechtsseitig) offers the handy shortened title, and the title page becomes upstream, was into middle 18. Century inside the exception - the bookseller had an interest in the main title page, which rested upon above with the free book. When the sales of bound books became the rule, this changed. Also the dirt titles sides mentioned, which protected the title page, which was now directly under the book cover, became the rule. Sides, which offer only the Signet of the publishing house, can become upstream in function as also empty sides, Vakatseiten. Series and row titles are added, if the book in a larger connection, about an expenditure for work or a special project of the publishing house appears. Books, which are published in scientific rows, receive own title pages of the editorialally cared for row, which are usually arranged the main title page of the single book submitted here (that the rechtsseitige position keeps) mirror-image opposite.

The title page was in former times, as long as books were above all freely sold, the most important side of the book waiting for the sales. Often one read on the title page a only one long, graphically subdivided sentence, which called first the title, summarized, which was ordered in the book at information, the author or its alias noted and with the imprint locked: the data of the place of publication, the publisher and the pressure yearly.

Title pages lay, came a book into the offer, on top. The sides under it were still unaufgeschnitten and permitted therefore no inspection. Only the Buchbinder cut open it. Customers therefore oriented themselves in the shop over the data, which the title page gave. Today the back of the Covers with a summary or a quotation or the flap text on the impact flaps of the Schutzumschlages (if it concerns a Hardcover or a Klappenbroschur) took over this function. Title pages became in 18. Century inside besides often in the surplus printed and in bookshops put out; they functioned thereby as printed book advertisement.

With pressures of the early modern times it can be interesting, titles completely "transliterates", i.e., to copy and mark by senkrechten a line the line change the text of the title page line for line considering of the large and lower case in each case. It permits to recognize later the book contained which information at all, and which words stood thereby in the foreground (the individual large words, which took a whole line for itself) - here with note of the assigned red print:

So genannte| the der| alive ones, | ist| world beruffene| BASTILLE| to Paris, | from which bekannte| the abbott, count von Buquoy, | by its intelligent and hertzhafften lucky with the escape befreyet| and errettet itself; | before |gestellet together with Abts| now-mentioned life Lauff, | in a curieusen and wahrhafften description, and anietzo from translate; | deme a message of the Bastille and their -|fehlshabern with at the same time ist.| [line] | at expense of good friends, | printed in the Monath May, anno 1719.

A guidance in more detail for the admission of titles of the early modern times offers the article title admission.

As with that 19. Century the sales of finished bound books the rule became, arose which combined the original role of Frontispiz and title page. The title pages are since then arranged without large graphic expenditure, however the detailed information of the original imprint follows today mostly on the back of the title page and is thereby still on the title page, i.e. on its back. The information, those today the library nature, copyright and the press right the publications demands, became too extensive, in order to be able to be accommodated still on the fronts of the title pages; even additional information on the used paper and the type face etc. find their place here with some expenditures for book.

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