Jurgen Leitner is a recurring character in The Magnus Archives. He is best known for his library of occult books.
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Jurgen Leitner was a Scandinavian-born recluse who was big in the literacy scene in the 1990s, custom binding known books, or paying authors to write for him. Upon discovering the existence of the supernatural, he set about collating books in an attempt to protect the world from their effects.
He disappeared around 1995, and is best known for his library.
The Library of Jurgen Leitner Edit
The library was destroyed in 1994 (MAG 4). It was created based on the architecture of Robert Smirke, with sections uniquely designed to hold their "prisoners". Leitner later described all "defences" as pointing inward, making breaking in almost trivial (MAG 80)
It was known for having books on demonology or the arcane. At it's height, the library contained 938 (confirmed?) books (MAG 80).
Known books Edit
For the full list of books mentioned in the series, see List of books.
- Ex Altiora (MAG 4, MAG 46)
- The Boneturner's Tale (MAG 17)
- The Book of Solomon, owned by Macgregor Mathers and Jurgen Leitner - a book on demonology found on eBay (MAG 4). The buyer, grbookworm1818, is later revealed to be Gertrude Robinson. It was destroyed by Robinson and Leitner in the tunnels beneath the Institute. It is notable as being one of the few books "marked by several powers" (MAG 80).
- A Disappearance
Possible books Edit
- The Tale of a Field Hospital - an early version of the book by Frederick Treeves, including several chapters detailing the death and reanimation of a Private Amherst. The book itself served as a vector for many diseases, as evidenced from Joseph Russo's death and putrefaction from a paper-cut sustained from it. Though it once possessed a library sticker, it was mostly torn off (MAG 68).
1987 - Jurgen Leitner asks for Harold Silvana and Rachel Turley to dig a hole beneath 100 Pall Mall. When asked to confirm that he has the owner of the building's permission, Leitner becomes aggressive, and they do not do the job (MAG 35).
1994 - Library of Jurgen Leitner destroyed (MAG 4).MAG 80).