Col"o*phon (?), n. [L. colophon finishing stroke, Gr. ; cf. L. culmen top, collis hill. Cf. Holm.]
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 colophon, or final description, fell into disuse, and . . . the title page had become the principal direct means of identifying the book.
The book was uninjured from title page to colophon.
Sir W. Scott.
© Webster 1913.