colophon

colophon

[kol-uh-fon, -fuhn]
noun
1.
a publisher's or printer's distinctive emblem, used as an identifying device on its books and other works.
2.
an inscription at the end of a book or manuscript, used especially in the 15th and 16th centuries, giving the title or subject of the work, its author, the name of the printer or publisher, and the date and place of publication.

Origin:
1615–25; < Latin < Greek kolophṓn summit, finishing touch

colophonic, adjective
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Colophon

[kol-uh-fon]
noun
an ancient city in Asia Minor: one of the 12 Ionian cities banded together in the 8th century b.c.: largely depopulated in 286 b.c.
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colophon (ˈkɒləˌfɒn, -fən)
 
n
1.  a publisher's emblem on a book
2.  (formerly) an inscription at the end of a book showing the title, printer, date, etc
 
[C17: via Late Latin, from Greek kolophōn a finishing stroke]

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colophon
1774, "publisher's inscription at the end of a book," from L. colophon, from Gk. kolophon "summit, final touch" (see hill).
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colophon

an inscription placed at the end of a book or manuscript and giving details of its publication, e.g., the name of the printer and the date of printing. Colophons are sometimes found in manuscripts and books made from the 6th century AD on. In medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, a colophon was occasionally added by the scribe and provided facts such as his name and the date and place of his completion of the work, sometimes accompanied by an expression of pious thanks for the end of his task.

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