In modern book design, this is a page with an illustration that precedes the title page of a book.

This term has had various meanings at different times and contexts, ranging from the façade of a building in architecture to a broad term for whatever “fronts” a book, such as the first page of text of a manuscript, an engraved title page, or a highly decorated first page of text or first double-page spread.

In later printed books, the frontispiece is typically a full-page illustration on the verso page facing the title page, although sometimes it appears on the recto before the title page.

    Margaret M. Smith, “Frontispiece,” The Oxford Companion to the Book (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010),