The end of a book. Colophon was a city of Ionia, the
inhabitants of which were such excellent horsemen that they would turn
the scale of battle to the side on which they fought; hence, the Greek
phrase, To add a colophonian, means “to put a finishing stroke
to any matter.” (Strabo.) In the early times of printing, the
statement containing the date, place, printer, and edition was given at
the end of the book, and was called the colophon. Now called the
“The volume was uninjured ... from title-page to colophon.” —Scott: The Antiquary.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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