front matter

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Pages of a book that precede the first page of the text, and may include the half title, frontspiece (illustration usually facing the first page or title page), title page, dedication, table of contents, acknowledgements (or list of contributors), list of illustrations, and list of tables. Front matter is usually printed last to allow for final adjustments, and is often numbered in Roman numerals instead of Arabic numerals used for the main text.

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