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I wish insert an image at the beginning of a chapter that, like in the figure attached, is seen in the white space at right of the title. Moreover, it must be different for every chapter of the book.

I tried the following MWE:

\documentclass{book}
\usepackage{titlesec}
\titleformat{\chapter}[block]
 {%\rule{1in}{1in}
  \normalfont\huge\bfseries}
  {\chaptertitlename\ \thechapter\\}
  {0pt}
  {\Huge}
\titlespacing*{\chapter}{0pt}{0pt}{40pt}

\begin{document}
 \chapter{Example}
\end{document}

But it creates (or add) an image before the word "Chapter".

Example

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2 Answers 2

Here's one possibility that works for both numbered and unnumbered chapters, using \parboxes to position the image and the "Chapter #" string for numbered chapters; for unnumbered chapters, just the image is included. Modify the settings according to your needs:

\documentclass[openany]{book}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage[explicit]{titlesec}

\makeatletter
\let\@chapterimage\relax
\newcommand\chapterimage[1]{%
  \if\relax\detokenize{#1}\relax
  \else
    \gdef\@chapterimage{\smash{\includegraphics[width=4cm,height=5cm,keepaspectratio]{#1}}}
  \fi
}

\titleformat{\chapter}[display]
  {\normalfont\huge\bfseries}
  {}
  {0pt}
  {\parbox[t]{.4\textwidth}{\chaptertitlename\ \thechapter}\hfill
    \parbox[t]{.4\textwidth}{\@chapterimage}\\[20pt]%
    \Huge#1
  }
\titleformat{name=\chapter,numberless}[display]
  {\normalfont\huge\bfseries}
  {}
  {0pt}
  {\parbox[t]{.4\textwidth}{\mbox{}}\hfill
    \parbox[t]{.4\textwidth}{\@chapterimage}\\[20pt]%
    \Huge#1
  }
\titlespacing*{\chapter}{0pt}{0pt}{40pt}

\newcommand\nochapterimage{
  \let\@chapterimage\relax
}
\makeatother

\begin{document}

\chapterimage{dog1}
\chapter*{Test unnumbered chapter}

\nochapterimage
\chapter*{Another test unnumbered chapter}

\chapter{Test numbered chapter}

\chapterimage{dog2}
\chapter{Another test numbered chapter}

\end{document}

enter image description here

Use \chapterimage to declare the image you want to use for a specific chapter. Use \nochapterimage for chapters which shouldn't receive an image (the code shows both commands in action).

I used the class option openany just for the example.

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This is straight-forward with an application of eso-pic when you utilize the starred version of the placement macros:

enter image description here

\documentclass[openany]{book}
\usepackage{graphicx,eso-pic}

\newcommand\chapterimage[2][]{%
  \AddToShipoutPictureBG*{% Add picture to BackGround on this page only
    \AtTextUpperLeft{% Position at upper left of text block
      \hspace*{\textwidth}% Move over to upper right of text block
      \llap{% Ignore horizontal width and overlap to the left
        \smash{% Ignore vertical height
          \raisebox{-\height}{% Lower so top touches baseline
            \includegraphics[#1]{#2}}}}}}}% Include image with options

\begin{document}

\chapter*{Test unnumbered chapter}
\chapterimage[width=4cm]{example-image-a}

\chapter*{Another test unnumbered chapter}

\chapter{Test numbered chapter}

\chapter{Another test numbered chapter}
\chapterimage[height=50pt,angle=45]{example-image-b}

\end{document}

\AddToShipoutPictureBG* adds content in the background of (or under the) page content, while \AddToShipoutPictureFG* places it in the foreground (over top) of the page content.

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