enter image description hereAt the start of each chapter in Dune there are quotes from Maudib and Fremen or Bene Gesserit sayings. There are similar epistolary entries at the start of Mist born.

What is the proper term for them and how do I properly format them in my manuscript?

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You must be talking about Epigraph.

The formatting of epigrams varies widely. Refer to the relevant style guide for your publication.

Broadly speaking, this guidance from an APA style editor, How to Format an Epigraph, can suit most purposes.

The text of the epigraph is indented from the left margin in the same way as a block quote. On the line below the end of the epigraph, the author’s name (and only the author’s last name if he or she is well-known) and the source’s title should be given. This credit line should be flush right, preceded by an em dash. An epigraph’s source is not listed in the References section.

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