The Man who would be King

The forgotten sketchbooks – Special Edition

A very special edition !

This version, published in A4 format, instead of the original 15.5 x 22.5 cm size, has an additional forty pages of colour watercolours and travel sketches.

The original adventure…

India, end of the 19th Century. Two former British servicemen, the determined and unscrupulous Daniel Dravot and Peachy Carnehan, dream of becoming Kings of Kafiristan, the legendary country where no European has set foot since Alexander the Great.

Kipling’s classic tale illustrated by Armel Gaulme !

While many readers will already be familiar with Kipling’s story, few will be aware that Dravot and Carnehan were accompanied by French illustrator Armel Gaulme on their journey. Gaulme’s task, it seems, was to document their adventures in a series of sketchbooks. However, until very recently, these sketchbooks were believed lost. It is only by chance that they were recently rediscovered and the etchings of this third man brought to light.

We are delighted to be able to publish this exclusive and unique testimony of a forgotten world. The deft lines of this talented artist cast new light on this amazing adventure. Armel Gaulme’s illustrations are quite simply magnificent and add a completely new dimension to this already fabulous text.

Sadly, we know very little about Armel Gaulme, the author whose notebooks illustrated the journey into Kafiristan. A few scribbled notes suggest he was a Frenchman, but other than a blurry photograph and some scattered references, no other trace remains.
The story of the discovery of the notebooks would be worth a book in itself, but suffice to say that, generations later, one of the Gaulme family’s descendants managed to recover them after a ten year search. This descendant, who coincidentally is also called Armel Gaulme, entrusted the notebooks to Caurette Editions to publish in their original format.

There are some illustrators you just have publish.
Armel Gaulme is clearly one.

Jean-Christophe Caurette



248 pages

Full Colour

Language: French

Dimensions: 21 x 29.7 cm (A4)

Distribution through Glénat

ISBN : 979-10-96315-45-1

RRP : 39 €

Publication: May 2020


You can find this book on Liber Distri and at your local bookshop from Spring 2020! 🙂

Original edition