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  • 1 Department of Egyptology, Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) H-1088 Budapest, Múzeum krt. 4/b
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The paper examines a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Egypt in 1483 that led to the publication of the remarkable incunable Peregrinatio in Terram Sanctam (1486) by Bernhard von Breydenbach, which included the very first printed Coptic alphabet. Drawing attention to the influence this book exerted in the 15th and 16th centuries, the paper argues for regarding Breydenbach's publication as the initiator of Coptic studies in Europe. Utilising three further accounts of the same pilgrimage (published in 1556, 1843-6, and 1892), it also surveys how the pilgrims perceived the monuments of Ancient Egypt.