# Page number consistency

I am working with a book using memoir class. My question involves the page numbering of the \frontmatter portion of the document. I am under the impression that the frontmatter should be consistently numbered. For instance, if the title page is on page ii then why is the next frontmatter page with text page i and not page v. I was under the impression that page numbering never skips unless called for. My publisher requires that all pages have a number (whether shown or not)

I would be willing to simply supress numbering and reset the page counter to the appropriate number on the copyright page, but that solution seems inelegant or improper for TeX.

And for complete context, the first text page in the frontmatter is my copyright page. Here is my MWE:

\documentclass[letterpaper,twoside,openright]{memoir}
\usepackage{lipsum}

%   Title Page
\newlength\drop
\makeatletter
\drop = 0.1\textheight
\vspace*{\baselineskip}
\vfill
\hbox{%
\hspace*{0.2\textwidth}%
\rule{1pt}{\textheight}
\hspace*{0.05\textwidth}%
\parbox[b]{0.75\textwidth}{
\vbox{%
\vspace{\drop}
{\noindent\HUGE\bfseries Guide to the\\[0.5\baselineskip]
Blah and Blah}\\[2\baselineskip]
{\Large\itshape Upper Level}\\[4\baselineskip]
{\Large The Author}\par
\vspace{0.5\textheight}
{\noindent Blah Blah Blah, 2013}\\[\baselineskip]
}% end of vbox
}% end of parbox
}% end of hbox
\vfill
\null
\endgroup}
\makeatother
%       Footer
\makeevenfoot{ruled}
\makeoddfoot{ruled}

%   Docuemnt
\begin{document}
\frontmatter
\begin{titlingpage}
\thispagestyle{empty}
\titleGM
\end{titlingpage}

\newpage
\pagestyle{ruled}
\lipsum[2]
\clearpage

\mainmatter
\lipsum[1-2]
\end{document}


Subsidiary questions (maybe separate question) Why doublepage cleared after title page?

The titlingpage environment resets the page number. If you don't want it, then use the titlingpage* environment.

\documentclass[letterpaper,twoside,openright]{memoir}
\usepackage{lipsum}

%   Title Page
\noindent\hspace*{0.2\textwidth}%
\rule{1pt}{\textheight}\kern-1pt % compensate
\hspace*{0.05\textwidth}%
\parbox[b][\textheight][s]{0.75\textwidth}{
\vspace{2\baselineskip}
Blah and Blah\par}
\vspace{2\baselineskip}
{\Large\itshape Upper Level\par}
\vspace{4\baselineskip}
{\Large The Author\par}
\vfill
Blah Blah Blah, 2013\par
\vspace{\baselineskip}
}% end of parbox
}

%       Footer
\makeevenfoot{ruled}
\makeoddfoot{ruled}

%   Document
\pagestyle{ruled}

\begin{document}
\frontmatter
\begin{titlingpage*}
\thispagestyle{empty}
\titleGM
\csname @twosidefalse\endcsname
\end{titlingpage*}

\lipsum[2]

\mainmatter
\lipsum[1-2]
\end{document}


Here I have shown also how to print something on the verso of the title page. The definition of \titleGM has been streamlined to get a better control of what goes where. In your definition you had too long material on the titling page, which triggered a page break.

• Perhaps I don't have the updated package, but titlingpage* spits out an undefined error. – Calhistorian Jul 8 '13 at 19:25
• @Calhistorian From memoir.dtx: \changes{v3.6k}{2012/12/24}{Added \Lenv{titlingpage*} env}. It's not an old update, but not a recent one, either. – egreg Jul 8 '13 at 19:28