Definition of colophon in English:

colophon

Line breaks: colo|phon
Pronunciation: /ˈkɒləf(ə)n
 
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noun

  • 1A publisher’s emblem or imprint, usually on the title page of a book.
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    • Old colophons on school books sport two sorts of logo: oblong whorls, rococo scrolls - both in worn morocco.
    • In his long commentary on that adage, Erasmus described the genesis and significance of the anchor and dolphin in the Aldine colophon.
    • Caxton learned to print in Bruges, using Burgundian styles, texts, and machines, so the earliest English books have a Burgundian feel, most evident in typefaces, layouts, and colophons.
  • 1.1 historical 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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    • Caxton's prefaces, colophons, and epilogues in particular are self-conscious about authorship, purpose, genre, sources, patronage, medium, and technique.
    • Many books have colophons at the end giving the name of one or more scribes, and sometimes giving the names of patrons.
    • He is named in the colophon as one of the publishers and Isaac is named on the title page as the printer.

Origin

early 17th century (denoting a finishing touch): via late Latin from Greek kolophōn 'summit or finishing touch'.

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