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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Definitions for colophon

  1. a publisher's or printer's distinctive emblem, used as an identifying device on its books and other works.
  2. an inscription at the end of a book or manuscript, used especially in the 15th and 16th centuries, giving the title or subject of the work, its author, the name of the printer or publisher, and the date and place of publication.

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Citations for colophon
Sixty years is a ripe age for any trademark, but the people at the National Biscuit Co. boast that their 60-year-old symbol traces its line to prehistoric times. ... A bibliophile by avocation, he [A. W. Green, the corporation's first chairman] came across it in an old book depicting this fifteenth-century colophon (a device placed at the end of a book or manuscript) of the Society of Printers in Venice. , "The Story Behind Nabisco," Changing Times, February, 1960
It became prestigious for a company to deliver its goods in a Chandler-Powell container, for presents to be wrapped in a box with the distinctive C-P colophon. P. D. James, The Private Patient, 2008
Origin of colophon
1615-1625
Colophon comes from the Greek kolophṓn meaning "summit, finishing touch."