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An ancient Greek city of Asia Minor northwest of Ephesus. It was famous for its cavalry.


 (kŏl′ə-fŏn′, -fən)
1. An inscription placed usually at the end of a book, giving facts about its publication.
2. A publisher's emblem or trademark placed usually on the spine or the title page of a book.

[Late Latin colophōn, from Greek kolophōn, summit, finishing touch; see kel- in Indo-European roots.]
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(ˈkɒləˌfɒn; -fən)
1. (Journalism & Publishing) a publisher's emblem on a book
2. (Journalism & Publishing) (formerly) an inscription at the end of a book showing the title, printer, date, etc
[C17: via Late Latin, from Greek kolophōn a finishing stroke]
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(ˈkɒl əˌfɒn, -fən)

1. a publisher's or printer's distinctive emblem.
2. an inscription at the end of a book or manuscript, used esp. in the 15th and 16th centuries, giving its title, author, date, etc.
[1615–25; < Latin < Greek kolophṓn summit, finishing touch]


(ˈkɒl əˌfɒn)

an ancient city in Asia Minor: one of the 12 Ionian cities.
Col`o•pho′ni•an (-ˈfoʊ ni ən) n.
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- A crowning or finishing touch, from Greek kolophon, "summit" or "finishing stroke."
See also related terms for summit.
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1. an inscription, formerly at the end of a book but now usually on the title page, with information about the book’s publication and production.
2. an ornamental device or printer’s or publisher’s trademark.
See also: Books
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.colophon - a publisher's emblem printed in a book (usually on the title page)
emblem - special design or visual object representing a quality, type, group, etc.
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A name or other device placed on merchandise to signify its ownership or manufacture:
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[ˈkɒləfən] Ncolofón m, pie m de imprenta
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nKolophon m, → Signet nt
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References in classic literature ?
Colophon. Proclus in his abstract of the "Returns" (sc.
Nor would the rich, because they are superior in numbers, form a democracy, as formerly at Colophon; for there the majority had large possessions before the Lydian war: but a democracy is a state where the freemen and the poor, being the majority, are invested with the power of the state.
To celebrate Digbeth's character, dn&co collaborated with Colophon Foundry to create a bespoke typeface inspired by the neighbourhood - Digbeth Sans.
The Greek philosopher Xenophanes of Colophon, Ionia, (570-478 BCE), once wrote: 'Mortals suppose that the gods are born and have clothes and voices and shapes like their own.
The colophon. In printed books produced in the first decades of the sixteenth century, the colophon is a marker at the end of the book that usually indicates the name of the printer as well as place and date of publication.
The date in the colophon varies in the extant copies.
Another favorite here deals with "the son of a doorkeeper." According to the colophon displayed on a modest-sized manuscript, Ibn Al-Bawwab completed it in 1010 in Baghdad.
Unlike the commentary on the "Epistle to the Ephesians" it has a lengthy colophon - a record of the scribe and the provenance of the book - which reveals the head printer's frustration at lack of experienced scribes, the shortage of typefaces and the fact that they had to make the paper and the ink themselves.
Drawing on work by scholars who came before them and employing the tools of modern scholarship, they argued that the style of the markings and notes in the body of the Cairo Codex did not match that of other manuscripts written in the Asher tradition or even that of its own first colophon. They hypothesized that both the text and colophon had been copied from two different sources by a single scribe at a later date.
One would be issued with a colophon that indicated that "five hundred copies have been printed specially for presentation to members of the American Institute of Graphic Arts as Keepsake No.
A flash of the personal tucked into a colophon; the colophon framed with casual undulating lines; these doodles at odds with the meticulous pages of Italian-style Hebrew calligraphy that follow in young Nachman's compilation of the work of Rabbi Abraham ben Meir Ibn Ezra, the great medieval Spanish grammarian and commentator on the Bible; the text, in several places, blacked out, FBI-style, by Vatican censors, as was commonplace in mid-16th-century Italy; the pages worm-eaten, almost translucent, and bound in creamy velum: Here is an early Hebrew manuscript like dozenshundredsof other early Hebrew manuscripts.
An exhaustive appendix of addresses on specialized digital reviews enriches this book as a colophon. With no doubt this will become a landmark among area publications.