I became interested in ancient Egypt and wanted to know more about the writing. This was one of the books I bought, but make sure you also order volume II at the same time, you'll need the index of English words in the second volume if you are looking up how to write a word in hieroglyphics. They give a little history of how the dictionary was possible over many years of scholarly development. If you are a serious student of hieroglyphics then I would think these volumes would be indispensible. If you are like me and just curious then they will still be of great interest.