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colophon (kŏl´əfŏn´) [Gr.,=finishing stroke]. Before the use of printing in Western Europe a manuscript often ended with a statement about the author, the scribe, or the illuminator. The first printed book to have a comparable concluding statement was the Mainz Psalter, crediting the printer and giving the date printed (1457) in its last paragraph. After this, a printed book commonly ended with this statement, now called a colophon. The information came to be given on the title page after c.1520. The name colophon is applied also to a printer's mark or a publisher's device on a title page or elsewhere.

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colophon a publisher's emblem or imprint, especially one on the title page of a book; formerly also, a statement at the end of a book, typically with a printer's emblem, giving information about its authorship and printing.

The word is recorded from the early 17th century (denoting a finishing touch), and comes via late Latin from Greek kolophōn ‘summit or finishing touch’.

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col·o·phon / ˈkäləfən; -ˌfän/ • n. a publisher's emblem or imprint, esp. one on the title page or spine of a book. ∎ hist. a statement at the end of a book, typically with a printer's emblem, giving information about its authorship and printing.

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colophon inscription containing title, date, etc., at the end of a book. XVIII. — late L. colophōn — Gr. kolophṓn summit, finishing touch.

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