Lot 54: Lloyd Howland (fl.1815-1826) includes Some of the South Shetland Islands From actual observations by L. Howland Year 1819 and Journal of a Voyage From Canton to Chili Kept on board of the Osprey by Loyd Howland. These items relate to time period around the discovery of the actual Antarctic continent in 1820. While they are not about the Antarctic mainland, the South Shetland Islands are Antarctic islands.
Lloyd Howland's drawings of the South Shetland Islands are some of the earliest depictions (if not first!) of Antarctic land, as the drawings are dated 1819 around when the islands were discovered. The drawings have the date of 1819 on them, but are actually probably from 1820-1822 when Lloyd Howland is known to have been in the area.
The drawings are being sold with a Journal of a Voyage From Canton to Chili Kept on board of the Osprey by Loyd Howland, which chronicles the whaling voyage of 1820-1822 during which the drawings were probably done. The book also chronicles other whaling voyages including ones from 1824-1826 and an earlier 1815 expedition.
This lot is being auction off on September 22, 2010 as part of Christie's Exploration and Travel with the Polar Sale. The estimated value is £4,000 - £6,000 ($6,200 - $9,300).