Intensive research in the archives of the university and the
academy of sciences, especially in the collection of the former
German University in Prague, has brought to light an abundance of
new material, new insights and hitherto unforeseen connections.
They show the beginnings of Egyptology in Bohemia resp. the Czech
Republic in an altogether new light, as an Egyptology which had
originally defined itself as Bohemian and only later constituted
itself as a Czech one. The essays, collected and updated according
to the most recent state of knowledge, for the first time in this
volume, also represent an important contribution to the history of
the Charles University in Prague.