i was fortunate to get my copy of this book in the american university of cairo. and id never part with it (even tho it is a bit tatty now, and falling to bits.
if u have a question on ancient egypt ~ this book will always be your starting reference point. each entry has a prefixed bibliography that points u to further topics and articles of relevance, so making this reference book an invaluable tool for beginners and seasoned egyptologists alike. not to mention the cross referencing that makes life easier when indulging in research and associated topics.
its well written, succinct and beautifully illustrated.
this is one book that u just MUST have sitting by ur desk. no-one can praise this book enough ~ BUY IT