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colophon

(kŏl`əfŏn') [Gr.,=finishing stroke]. Before the use of printing in Western Europe a manuscript often ended with a statement about the author, the scribe, or the illuminator. The first printed book to have a comparable concluding statement was the Mainz Psalter, crediting the printer and giving the date printed (1457) in its last paragraph. After this, a printed book commonly ended with this statement, now called a colophon. The information came to be given on the title page after c.1520. The name colophon is applied also to a printer's mark or a publisher's device on a title page or elsewhere.
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Moreover, each section opens with a poem by the author, and each has its own colophon on the last printed page.
Stefan Reif, professor emeritus of medieval Hebrew at University of Cambridge, explains it this way: It is as if, in order to preserve the manuscript, someone copied it in its entirety in the 11th century--updating the spelling and punctuation--and included the original colophon as well.
In laying out my argument, I want to bridge scholarship on Cather with an existing body of criticism on fine press and bibliophilia in the 1920s and '30s by looking more closely at The Colophon than others have done.
In this respect, Li, for all the humility of his colophon, assimilates the great poets within his own unpretentious conception of the world and makes light of the painter-poet's drama of creation.
the end of it comes another colophon which dates the text to 16 days
5) The contents fall broadly into four sections, discernible by changes in matter and the presence of colophons or marginal notations.
The collection contains travel notes, sketches of outings and reflections thereon, prefaces and colophons to collections of writings, and personal communications meant to be shared among friends.
Janot reiterates this information at the ends of the first and second Parties in colophons that also reemphasize his profession as printer and bookseller: "Cy finist la premiere partie des Angoisses D'amours: Nouvellement Imprimees a Paris par Denys Janot, Libraire et Imprimeur, Demourant en la Rue neufve nostre Dame a l'enseigne Sainct Jean Baptiste contre saincte Genviefve des Ardens"(f.
Entries for primary sources are generous, including STC numbers and transcriptions of title-pages and even colophons where necessary.
Latino's teaching capacity is illustrated mainly with autograph colophons signed "maestro," manuscripts in university bookhand which speak of him dictating to his students, manuscript illuminations, Inferno 15 and early commentaries of the Comedy.
The wealth of information given in colophons and inscriptions is exploited to build up a picture of patronage by the clergy, monasteries, and secular patrons, of which the royal and aristocratic were the most prominent.