Etymology: from Ancient Greek κολοφών (kolophon, “peak or finishing touch”)
col•op•hon [kol-uh-fon, -fuhn] (plural colophons)

  1. In manuscripts (typically before the invention of printing), the note, usually at the end, left by the scribe who copied it, giving information on his exemplar, where and when the copy was made, and sometimes, his own name.
  2. 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.

Vintage colophon collection


July 10th, 2009 by Eric Jacobsen

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