inspiration often comes from the unforeseen. At the present I am motivated from several directions. Firstly being asked to write an exposition on the value of provenance for book history. Secondly by an unforeseen flow of interaction with ex-University of Amsterdam book researcher K.G., who has spent the past thirty+ years, among other things, reassembling the library of the bibliophile 16th century Dutch pastor Jacob Buyck. And last but not least by a reader of this blog, omnivore like myself, who through her work in Rabelais.nl, led me to re-examine an insignificant paper on Samuel Kinser's monograph Rabelais's Carnival, written during my Comparative Literature studies, in which Rabelais is not so much the object of discussion, as is Kinser's research method.