Glossary

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Colophon
In publishing, a colophon is either:

  • A brief description of publication or production notes relevant to the edition, in modern books usually located at the verso of the title-leaf, but also sometimes located at the end of the book, or
  • A printer’s mark or logotype

Authentic Colophon

Colophon

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Ephemera

Ephemera (singular: ephemeron) is any transitory written or printed matter not meant to be retained or preserved. The word derives from the Greek, meaning things lasting no more than a day. Some collectible ephemera are advertising trade cards, airsickness bags, bookmarks, catalogues, greeting cards, letters, pamphlets, postcards, posters, prospectuses, stock certificates, tickets and zines. Decks of personality identification playing cards from the war in Iraq are a somewhat recent example.

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Flourish

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a : a florid bit of speech or writing <rhetorical flourishes>

b : an ornamental stroke in writing or printing

c : a decorative or finishing detail <a house with clever little flourishes>

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Uncial Script 

Uncial is a majuscule script (written entirely in capital letters) commonly used from the 3rd to 8th centuries AD by Latin and Greek scribes. Uncial letters were used to write Greek, Latin, and Gothic.

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