Colophon or printer's trademark: 1557
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Page from a book, colophon or the printer's trademark. The writing on the page reads: "Imprinted in London, in Paules churchyarde at the sygne of the Lambe by Abrahma Wele". Underneath the text is a picture of an angel surrounded by leaves. A colophon from the Greek meaning 'summit' or 'finishing stroke' is an inscription or device placed at the end of a book, usually on the verso of the last leaf. It shows the printer's name, the date and his place of business. Colophons were used by printers to show that the work had been done by a reputable man and in a reputable fashion. The original text associated with this colophon has been lost, but Abraham Vele is known to have published at the Lambe in St Paul's Churchyard until 1586.
1557 AD - 1557 AD