Like the old joke, the page shown above is black and white and red all over. The main text, a series of prayers printed in black, has been adorned in scarlet. There is red underlining to highlight important features like the chapter number, and red highlights have been added to certain important letters, such as the capital “C” in “Iesu Christi”, also underlined, on the second line of the page. The large capital “O”s, which look a little like they are wearing earmuffs, have been added to the start of each of the prayers on the page, each of which invoke a particular body part of Jesus Christ for the reader to meditate on: O breast of Christ, O throat of Christ, etc.
Most notably two words in red have been added to the text. There is no religious significance to the words, nor do they mark a significant header or division in the text as with the other red markings. Instead, they spell out the name, Anastasia Löwin, presumably the former owner of the book. Her name appears in red ink in at least four other places on the book: on two other pages and, just barely visible, written across the pages on the tail edge of the book (see image below and to the right). In other places it appears with the variant spelling Anastasia Laÿin. Continue reading