- a printer's or publisher's identifying inscription or logo appearing at the end of a book, or the same appearing on the spine or dust-jacket.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
n. [L. colophon finishing stroke, Gr.
kolofw`n; cf. L. culmen top, collis
hill. Cf. Holm.] An inscription, monogram, or cipher,
containing the place and date of publication, printer's name,
etc., formerly placed on the last page of a book.
The colophon, or final description, fell
into disuse, and . . . the title page had become the principal
direct means of identifying the book.
The book was uninjured from title page to
Sir W. Scott.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Colophon, an Ionian city in Asia Minor, N. of Ephesus, is supposed
to give name to the device at the end of books, the cavalry of the place
being famous for giving the finishing stroke to a battle.
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