Karst & Son is the publisher of Straka’s first 18 works. A fellow S enthusiast, Adam Laceky, noticed a tombstone with the name Carstensen and pointed out the similarities to Karst & Son.
This led me back to Jan Carstenszoon, a 17th-century Dutch explorer who is referenced by code in the TV show LOST. And why? Because in 1623 he landed in Australia, which until that time had been sparsely glimpsed, not known to be a new continent, and yet to be included on any map of the world available to the general public. It was his exploration in 1623 that led to this first widely available map of the world to show any portion of Australia – a 1630 map by Hendrik Hondius.
The search for Terra Australia Incognita and its cartography is a metaphor for self-discovery. S’s journey is exactly that – the search to discover who he is. And our very first footnote from FXC points us back to that metaphor.
The second footnote in the book may also lead to a map. Turn the page and let’s see.
Le Monde did not exist in 1935. It was founded in December, 1944. So just what is FXC trying to say? Typically when she mentions something that is obviously false, it is a clue.
In the December, 1935 issue of National Geographic a map was included. The title of the map is The World (or Le Monde in French).
National Geographic says in this issue of this map…
Moreover, this World Map is the first to be issued showing with certainty that Antarctica is a single continent, not two islands – the epochal conclusion reached by Admiral Byrd after a series of flights and surveys made on his expedition of 1933-35.
Two maps, both pertaining to the search for Terra Australis Incognita, and both the first of their kind to reveal or confirm a new continent.
The first map also leads us to 1623 (remember the LOST numbers 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42?). S seems to be filled with references to Shakespeare, and in 1623 Shakespeare’s First Folio was published. It is considered one, if not the, most influential books published in the English language.
The second map points us to Antarctica, which has many possible references in S.
And Hemingway? There is no evidence that he and Straka and the relationship that FXC suggests. So is Hemingway a clue? If so, here’s one idea. Hemingway had a deep focus on physical locations in his works – literary cartography?
This seems to be a deliberate design, and there must be much more to uncover.
Given that JJ Abrams and Doug Dorst have called the book S a “love letter to the written word”, it is very possible that this footnote is hinting to us that Shakespeare and/or Australia and/or Antarctica and/or cartography is a key to deciphering the mysteries of S.