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The Seven Lamps of Architecture is an extended essay by John Ruskin, an English art critic and theorist, published in 1849. This article refers to a specific unexpurgated copy of the book with paranormal properties, one which was published in 1845, a year before Ruskin supposedly began writing it.


The book restricts the breathing of the reader and gives a sense of walls pressing in around them. In some cases, it may physically entomb them. While presumably inert in most buildings, when in buildings designed by Robert Smirke it allows the reader to change the physical structure of their surroundings.


On May 20, 2015, Gertrude Robinson instructed Jurgen Leitner to use the book to move a gas main located adjacent to the The Magnus Institute to directly underneath it. It is unclear whether he completed this task.[1]

On February 16, 2017, Leitner uses the book to save Jonathan Sims by entombing Not-Sasha in the walls. He later admits to using the book to move the upper levels of the tunnels to make them more rational and aid John during his explorations, as well as to keep himself hidden while debating whether he wanted to make contact.[2][3]

On September 25, 2018, Peter Lukas uses the book to release Not-Sasha.[4]

Known Owners[]

  • Jurgen Leitner
  • Peter Lukas