In publishing, a colophon is a brief statement containing information about the publication of a book
such as the place of publication, the publisher
, and the date of publication.
Brief statement of a book's own information, such as publisher, location, and date of publication
In manuscripts (typically before the invention of printing), the note, usually at the end, left by the scribe who copied it, giving information on his exemplar, where and when the copy was made, and sometimes, his own name.