In early printed books the colophon, when present, was a brief description of the printing and publication of the book, giving some or all of the following data: the date of publication, the place of publication/printing (sometimes including the address as well as the city name), the name(s) of the printer(s), and the name(s) of the publisher(s), if different. Sometimes additional information, such as the name of a proof-reader or editor, or other more-or-less relevant details, might be added. The normal position for a colophon was after the explicit (the end of the text, often after any index or register). After around 1500 these data were often transferred to the title page, which sometimes existed in parallel with a colophon. In Great Britain colophons grew generally less common in the 16th century. link
This alerted the nerd gene. If I can, I will insist on the need for a colophon in my book. A tradition worth returning. 16th Century? That’s way too long to lie dormant. Like record sleeves with lists of guitar pedals, cymbal brands, recording locations, producer’s names, dates and general tittle-tattle. It’s important ephemera for some, patina behind the process. LIKE>
Photo of pavement seating in Dakar by me.