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 closing remarks of the scribe at the end of the text, such as "Thank God I finished this text in 300 days" or "The monk Gerasim wrote this in the year 1237." Not to be confused with the explicit, the ending of the text itself. Colophons are important codicological tools used to date and assign provenance to a manuscript.
A note at the end of a book giving publication details etc
A colophon is an inscription written by a scribe which usually appears at the end of a manuscript. Colophons include such information as the name of the scribe who copied the work, remarks about the making of the manuscript, prayers, and warnings against changing the text. (See examples in the discussion on scribes.)
A reference in the back of a book placed by the publisher or printer, offering information regarding the production of the book.
A mark of identification - crowning piece, or finishing stroke - found in a book and furnishing information about the source of the book. In some of the earliest printed books, in which there might be no title page, the colophon was placed at the end of the book to perform somewhat the same function as a title page.
When a group of works is presented as a whole (as in a portfolio or book), the colophon is the statement that presents the pertinent information for the work - the artist's signature, the edition size and number, publisher, and date. The colophon is most often on the last page, but sometimes the frontispiece serves as a colophon.
A note, usually at the end of a book or portfolio of prints, giving all or some of the following information: name of work, author, printer, place of printing, date, size of edition. Also called Justification.
A publisher's logo, especially as embossed on the spine of a book or as printed on the title page; also the information concerning the production of a book sometimes included on the last page.
Refers to either a publisher's trademark or information concerning the book's publication printed at the end of a book. Compare with title page and imprint.
the last page of a book, stating the printing and type information. In the past many publishers have used this page for copyright information.
An emblematic design; a trade emblem or device of a printer or publisher.
The printer's or publisher's mark at the end of the book. Often a device or small decoration, sometimes with details of importance.
a statement printed at the end of a volume, following the text, relating information about the printing history and usually includes the name of printer, type of paper, typeface, size of edition, date of printing, etc.
An inscription placed usually at the end of a book, giving facts about its publication. A publisher's emblem or trademark placed usually on the title page of a book. At the end our online articles, you'll see our trademark colophon .
A printers or publishers identifying symbol or emblem.
Publishers information at the end of the book (as opposed to the copyright page) including the title, author, printer, place of printing, date, etc. A colophon is generally considered to be a formality in today's books and is not often used.
a publisher's emblem printed in a book (usually on the title page)
a description of the publication of a book
a part of a book where the publisher puts their trademark or emblem
a section of a book, usually at the back, that describes the book itself
Printer or publisher information at the end of a book. Modern books use the copyright page for this information, but the colophon can still be found in small press or limited edition books.
Publisher's imprint or trade mark. Generally used on the title page, jacket and binding.
A brief listing of production information, often including typeface details and information related to any artwork.
A note added at the end of a book.
A statement following the text providing all or some of the following information: title, author, printer, place of printing, date
(Greek, finishing touch) An inscription giving information about a publication or artist, usually placed at the end of a book or on the mat of the picture.
Either a publisher's trademark or information concerning the book's publication printed at the end of a book. Literally the finishing stroke.
An imprint which identifies the name and location of the publisher (and/or printer) usually placed at the foot of the title page and shown as a logo. The colophon of the printer is usually placed at the end of the text in older books or on the copyright page in modern books.
Details of the printer's typography or the publisher's symbol, often found on the last page of a book and sometimes referred to as such when a printer's or publisher's 'device' is found on the copyright page. Sometimes states the number of copies printed, and in the case of a limited edition, will cite the copy number and may contain the signature of the author, illustrator, or publisher.
the last printed page of a book containing such information as title, author, printer, place of printing, date, typefont, and/or binding cloth. In modern publishing, the colophon has generally been replaced with the title and copyright page.
Inscription on the last page of a book with information about its design and production, the author, and the publisher.
a formal statement of publication details printed at the end of a book (especially in early or finely printed books).
The printer's information at the end of the book, usually a device or a paragraph, or words such as "finis" or "The End."
an inscription added to the end of a manuscript book when it was completed
the last page of a book, stating the printing and type information. Some publishers have put copyright information there.
The leaf at the end of many private press and artist books providing information on edition size, manufacture etc.
1. In old books, an inscription at the beginning or end of a book, often including the printer's name and details of production. 2. In modern books, the publisher's device.
An inscription at the end of a manuscript or book that contains facts about its production; identifies artists, designers, or printers, and specifies the typefaces and papers used.
A description of how a book was produced, normally at the end. Also, a printers' mark or emblem.
a statement occurring at the rear of a volume following the text, relating information about the printing history and physical aspects of the book; often includes name of printer, type of paper, typeface, size of edition, date of printing, etc. Early books often had a colophon instead of a title page imprint and modern private press or other examples of fine printing often use a colophon.
Early printed colophons included the date when printing began and/or ended, the number of copies printed and the name of the ruler under whose protection the book was issued. They are usually found on the last printed page of a book. The word colophon is derived from the Ionian city of Colophon. It was believed that the Colophonians could tip the scale of favour for whichever side of battle they fought, enabling the battle to end. Hence the phrase of Erasmus, "Colophonem adidi" ["I have put the finishing touch to it"] and its use to describe the words at the end of a book. A modern form of colophon is the production note at the end of private press books. It generally reports the typeface, point size, paper and printing press that were used, the number of copies produced and the printer's mark or device.
A statement at the back or end of an item giving information about one or more of the following: the title, author(s), publisher, printer, date of publication or printing.
Information about the book's publication printed at the end of the book.
originally the bibliographic information printed at the end of a book, the term is now used almost exclusively for the device or logo of the publisher commonly printed on the title-page and the spine of the cover or jacket.
An item in a book's front matter that gives information about how it was produced, from typefaces to the kind of paint an artist used.
Strictly speaking, a colophon is a publisher's logo. In bookmaking, the term may also refer to a listing of the materials used, as well as credits for the design, composition, and production of the book. Such colophons are sometimes included in the backmatter or as part of the copyright page.
The publishers logotype. This is usually printed on the spine and back cover.
A list or description of production materials and methods used to create a book or magazine featured as part of the back matter.
An inscription, usually at the end of the text and containing information about the production of the manuscript, such as the date, the location, and the names of the scribe, artist, and patron.
An identifying inscription or emblem from the printer or publisher appearing at the end of a book. Also the emblem at the bottom of the spine on both the book and dust-wrapper as well as a logo on the title or copyright page.
A statement found at the end of a book. A colophon may give information about the typography and printing methods used in the book or may serve as a statement of printing limitation.
Inscription formerly placed at the end of a book, giving details of the title, the printer, the date and place of printing etc.
(Gr., "summit," "finishing touch"): as inscription usually found at the end of a book giving information about its production, such as the name of the patron, the location of the scriptorium and occasionally the name of the scribe.
A notation placed in the end of a book that gives information about its production.
A colophon, in publishing, is a brief description usually located at the end of a book, describing production notes relevant to the edition. In most cases it is a description of the text typography, often entitled A note about the type. This will identify the names of the primary typefaces used, provide a brief description of the type's history, and a brief statement about its most identifiable physical characteristics.