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Descriptive cataloging information at the end of a book; a statement given at the end of the text, or on the verso of the title page, which gives information about the printer, typeface, grade of paper, and binding, and the names of those involved in the production of a book.

From the Greek for "crowning touch" or "finishing stroke." It contains details on the printer's typography, It is now used almost exclusively for the device or logo of the publisher commonly printed on the title-page and the spine of the cover jacket. In old books, an inscription at the beginning or end of a book, often including the printer's name and details of production

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