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A colophon, the closing statement at the end of a text, is an important source of information on manuscript production, circulation, and consumption, and for codicological and paleographical typology. Added by the scribe, colophons provide information about the copying of the manuscript in varying length and detail.

A colophon (from κολοφών, Greek for “summit” or “finishing stroke”) is a closing statement written at the end of a text or end of a section of a text in a manuscript. Most often it is added by the scribe, but there are colophons…

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Buda, Zsofia, “Colophon”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish Book Cultures Online, General Editor: Emile Schrijver. Consulted online on 07 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2772-4026_EJBO_SIM_031790>
First published online: 2023

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