Book frontispiece

A frontispiece in books is a decorative or informative illustration facing a book's title page—on the left-hand, or verso, page opposite the right-hand, or recto, page.[1] In some ancient editions or in modern luxury editions the frontispiece features thematic or allegorical elements, in others is the author's portrait that appears as the frontispiece. In medieval illuminated manuscripts, a presentation miniature showing the book or text being presented (by whom and to whom varies) was often used as a frontispiece.

A frontispiece painted by William Blake for his Milton a Poem (1810)
A frontispiece and title page of Matthias Klostermayr's biography (1722)
A portrait of Yung Wing used as the frontispiece of his 1909 book My Life in China and America