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The publisher's imprint or emblem usually displayed on the title page of a book; or (in older books) an inscription placed at the end of a book, naming the printer and the date and place ...

Colophon

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Eric Rasmussen

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015

... . In early printing, the imprint providing the name of the printer or publisher along with the date and place of publication did not appear on the title page but in a colophon at the end of the book. With the adoption of title pages in the 16 th century colophons became less common, but they can still be found in some 17th-century books. The First Folio concludes with the colophon: Printed at the Charges of W. Jaggard, Ed. Blount, I. Smithweeke, and W. Aspley, 1623 . Eric...

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The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2022
Subject:
Religion
Length:
119 words

... The paragraph often found at the end of MSS and early printed books giving information about authorship, title, printer, place of printing, date, and sometimes (in the case of MSS) the scribe himself. The use of the colophon tended to decline when many of these particulars were transferred to the title page. The word used in this special sense does not seem to be earlier than 1749. A. W. Pollard , An Essay on Colophons (Chicago, 1905), with introd. by R. Garnett. Benedictines of Le Bouveret , Colophons de manuscrits occidentaux des origines au XVI...

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The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages

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Current Version:
2010
Subject:
History, Early history (500 CE to 1500)
Length:
63 words

... Supplementary note by a MS’s scribe or an early print’s editor, placed at the end of a chapter, book, or work; frequently giving information about the work in general, the MS or print copy, and/or dating. Christoph Flüeler Bénédictins de Bouveret , Colophons de mss. occidentaux des origines au XVI e siècle, 6 vols (1965–82). L. Reynhout , Formules latines de colophons ...

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The Oxford Companion to the Book

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Current Version:
2010
Subject:
History, Social sciences
Length:
195 words

... [Gk, ‘summit’, ‘finishing stroke’] Originally a closing statement written at the end of a text by a *scribe or *rubricator , sometimes providing his name and the date and place of production—i.e. some of what is now in an *imprint . (The related *explicit often closed parts of texts, such as chapters, while the next part opened with an *incipit .) The colophon was retained at the end of the book by some printers of *incunabula , who often placed their *printer’s device nearby—for example, in the first printed colophon , found in one copy of...

Colophon

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Stephen Hamilton

The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature

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Current Version:
2006
Subject:
Literature
Length:
43 words

... was an irregular miscellany produced by students of the New Zealand Library School in Wellington 1946–69 . Early issues were edited and contributed to by W. J. McEldowney and Basil Dowling . Denis Glover contributed an article to the issue for 1957 . Stephen...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015

... The publisher’s imprint or emblem usually displayed on the title page of a book; or (in older books) an inscription placed at the end of a book, naming the printer and the date and place of...

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A Dictionary of Business and Management (6 ed.)

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Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Social sciences, Business and Management
Length:
32 words

... A publisher’s identifying emblem on a book or other published material. It was formerly an inscription at the end of the book giving the title, date of publication, and the...

Colophon

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Ernst Gamillscheg and Ihor Ševčenko

The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium

Reference type:
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Current Version:
2005
Subject:
History, Early history (500 CE to 1500)
Length:
175 words

... (κολοφών, lit. “summit, finishing touch”), or subscription, a note on a MS (usually at the end) with information on its date, the place where it was written, and sometimes the scribe . Colophons are not only the main source of information about copyists but also are important for social and political history, prosopography, the economics and technology of book production and book trade (prices, wages, length of time needed to copy a MS), and the history of copying centers ( scriptoria ). Dates and places mentioned in colophons are basic to the study...

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A Dictionary of Publishing

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Current Version:
2019
Subject:
Media studies
Length:
73 words

...colophon This is a part of a book usually found in the endmatter , with information about the design, making, or printing of the work. In modern publishing this information is more likely to be found on the imprint page. The use of the colophon is now more often confined to limited-edition or small-press books, where the designer is given an opportunity to inform the reader about fonts, printing methods, and papers...

Colophon

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The Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Art & Architecture, Religion
Length:
627 words
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...Arabic manuscripts (or fragments) with colophons date from the 9th century (or possibly the 8th century), although many Koran manuscripts attributable on stylistic grounds to the 9th century bear spurious colophons attributing them to such illustrious figures as ῾Ali and ῾ Uthman, the third and fourth caliphs. False colophons were not restricted to the early period, and colophons attributing a particular book to a great calligrapher are often suspect. The false colophon was frequently a homage to the artist to whom the manuscript was attributed, but in certain...

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Literature
Length:
58 words

... [from Gk κολοφών ‎, summit, ‘finishing touch’] A note or device (sometimes emblematic), placed at the end of a book or manuscript. It may contain the work's title, its scribe's or printer's name, and the date and place of printing; now the publisher's imprint, or logotype, usually found on the book's title page and often on its spine....

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A Dictionary of English Manuscript Terminology 1450–2000

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Literature, History
Length:
161 words

... Deriving from a Greek word meaning the ‘summit’ or ‘finishing touch’, or possibly from a town of that name (because the Colophonians were warriors who could tip the scale in favour of one side and finish the battle), the term ‘colophon’ denotes a kind of tail-piece sometimes added to manuscript books, from the ninth century onwards, or in later times to printed books, supplying details about the production of the book. These might include information such as the title of the work, names of author, scribe, person who commissioned it, or printer, and place...

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013

... (Greek kolophōn , ‘finishing stroke’) Originally, as the name implies, the tail-piece at the end of a book giving the printer’s name, the date and place of printing and so on, sometimes with laudatory remarks designed to promote sales. It survives in the brief information usually given on the recto (front) or verso (back) of the title page. The term is now applied to a printer’s or publisher’s house device, such as the penguin on penguin books or La belle sauvage formerly on the title pages of books published by Cassell. The Ionian city of Colophon...

Colophon, The

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The Oxford Companion to the Book

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
Subject:
History, Social sciences
Length:
110 words

..., The The first issue of the American journal The Colophon: A Book Collectors’ Quarterly appeared in 1930 . With articles on bibliography and the book world in general, it soon became a *bibliophile ’s treasure for its unusual format: each *gathering of each volume was printed by various distinguished presses in America and in Europe; bound with each volume there was an illustration ( see 16 ), either printed from the original *plate s or blocks, or reproduced in *facsimile . The quarterly changed its subtitle twice: New Series and New...

Xenophanes of Colophon

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World Encyclopedia

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
Encyclopedias
Length:
35 words

...of Colophon ( c. 560–478 bc ) Travelling Greek poet and philosopher . Xenophanes proposed a version of pantheism, holding that all living creatures have a common natural origin. His work survives only in fragmentary...

Xenophanes of Colophon

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A Dictionary of Philosophy (3 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Philosophy
Length:
102 words

...of Colophon ( c .570–478 bc ) Early Presocratic philosopher. Xenophanes left Ionia at the age of 25, and lived in exile largely in Sicily. He is treated by Plato as a founder of the Eleatics . He is philosophically important for his criticism of the anthropomorphic religion of Hesiod and Homer, and the substitution of a single, eternal, and spiritual deity. He is also remembered for his attack on the conventional military and athletic virtues of the time, in favour of those of the intellect. He was hailed as an honourable, semi-sceptical...

Xenophanes of Colophon

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E. L. Hussey

The Oxford Companion to Philosophy (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Philosophy
Length:
193 words

...of Colophon ( c. 560– c. 470 bc ). Pre Socratic philosopher , cosmologist , and theologian ; author of the first known discussion of epistemology. He made the fundamental point that, to claim knowledge, it is not sufficient to ‘speakwhat is completely true’, and seems have to have thought that there was no possibility of knowledge outside the realm of direct experience. In its place he proposed to put ‘opinions resembling the things which are true’, which must mean that they are straightforwardly extrapolated from the world of direct...

Xenophanes of Colophon

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Classical studies, History
Length:
643 words

...of Colophon ( c.570–c.475 bce ), early Greek poet and philosopher . Xenophanes was an heir to the early Ionian tradition of natural philosophy whose emigration to Magna Graecia and anti-anthropomorphic theology made him an important early figure in the Italian tradition as well. Xenophanes is the oldest Presocratic philosopher whose own words survive in a reasonably large quantity. That he lived well into old age is evidenced by his description of himself as having traveled Greece for sixty-seven years, after an earlier period of twenty-five years...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Language reference, History of English
Length:
21 words

... inscription containing title, date, etc., at the end of a book. XVIII. — late L. colophōn — Gr. kolophṓn summit, finishing...

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New Oxford Rhyming Dictionary (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Language reference
Length:
108 words

... • deafen • griffon , stiffen • antiphon • hyphen , siphon • often , soften • orphan • ibuprofen • roughen , toughen • colophon • dragon , flagon, lagan, pendragon, wagon • snapdragon • bandwagon • jargon • Megan • Copenhagen , pagan, Reagan • Nijmegen • Antiguan , Egan, freegan, Keegan, Regan, vegan • Wigan • cardigan • Milligan • polygon • hooligan • mulligan • ptarmigan • Branigan • Oregon • Michigan • Rattigan • tigon , trigon • toboggan • Glamorgan , gorgon, Morgan, morgen, organ • Brogan , hogan, Logan, slogan • ...

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