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I would like to add a single page before the cover page so that the cover page starts with a larger margin on the left, thus placed on the right hand side of the book.

\documentclass[12pt,a4paper,twoside]{book}
\begin{document}
\null\newpage
\begin{titlepage}

\begin{center}
\vspace*{0.5cm}        
{\large\textbf{Title}} \\      
\vspace{3cm}
 DISSERTATION \\ [1em] 
 zur Erlangung des akademischen Grades \\ [1em]
 Dr. rer. nat. \\ 
 im the Institute of \\ [1em]
 so and so \\
 from the university \\ [1em]
 von \\             
\end{center}  
\vspace{1cm}
%\end{adjustwidth*}
\end{titlepage}

\end{document}

closed as unclear what you're asking by Johannes_B, Mensch, Jesse, egreg, Ronny Jul 22 '16 at 10:55

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    If you want the title page to be on right side of your PDF (such as the 3rd, 5th, etc. pages), you need to check in your viewer and select the option "double". If you really want your page 1 to be blank, what about inserting \null\newpage just after \begin{document}? But if its only margin-related, have you considered using the twoside option in \documentclass[options]{class}? – ebosi Apr 11 '16 at 13:11
  • @ebo I editted my question with a dummy example. If you compile it you will see that the title page has always a larger margin to the right.. I want it on the left ... – Kostas Apr 11 '16 at 13:34
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    if you use \usepackage{showframe} you'll see that you're issue is because of the margin. Thus, you could have a look at Different margins for title page, change title page margins ONLY without packages, and if you use a KOMA class: Remove margins for title page. – ebosi Apr 11 '16 at 13:46
  • Why not use openright as an option in \documentclass? – cacamailg Apr 11 '16 at 22:11
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    The OP confuses right hand and left hand pages and the margin settings. The question is asked on false premises and hence (imho) unclear. I vote to close as such. – Johannes_B Jul 22 '16 at 9:51
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\documentclass[12pt,a4paper,twoside]{book}
\usepackage{geometry}
\geometry{showframe,left=7cm}
\begin{document}
\begin{titlepage}
    \begin{center}
        \vspace*{\fill}
        \large\textbf{\thepage}\par
        This is a right hand page
        \vfill
    \end{center}  
\end{titlepage}

\end{document}

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