H2S04 Group first journal could make up to $23,500 at Christie's London

A copy of the first copy of the H2S04 Group's futurist journal is among the highlights of Christie's Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts auction in London on November 25.

It's valued at £10,000-15,000 ($15,657-23,486).

H2S04 group journal
The first issue of the H2S04 group journal dates to 1924

The name refers to the chemical formula for sulphuric acid, a reference to the Georgian group's intention to destroy traditional forms of art and literature and rebuild them to their own specifications.

The lot features a dedication from the group's founder, Simon Chikovani, to the novelist Demna Shengelaia. Chikovani's declaration, "I do not even want to know that there have been other men before me", became their motto.

Alexander Rodchenko and Varvara Stepanova's Pervaia Konnaia (The First Cavalry) carries an estimate of £4,000-6,000 ($6,308-9,462).

The work was designed as a piece of Soviet propaganda and is regarded as one of the finest examples of the form.

It was first printed in 1938 during the Stalinist purges before being withdrawn to remove the names of party members who were imprisoned or executed. It was then re-released.

This example is one of the later copies and is exceptionally rare. Only two copies have appeared at auction in the past 40 years.

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