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Those parts of a book which precede the first page of the text, including the half title, frontispiece, title page, copyright page, dedication, table of contents, acknowledgments or list of contributors, list of illustrations, preface or foreword, and introduction. Pages of front matter are usually numbered with Roman rather than Arabic numerals and are the last to be printed because the page references in the table of contents and list of illustrations cannot be compiled until the text is complete. Synonymous with preliminaries or preliminary matter.
See also: back matter.