The Man Who Would Be King

Deluxe Edition

The Man Who Would Be King

A Deluxe edition, available for pre-order

This book is available for pre-order on our website and shipment is scheduled for April 2024.

It was the subject of a Kickstarter campaign from January 23 to February 19, 2024.

A Himalayan adventure

India, late 19th century.

Daniel Dravot and Peachy Carnehan, former soldiers and adventurers, as determined as they are unscrupulous, have a crazy dream: to enter Kafiristan, a legendary country where no European has set foot since Alexander the Great, and become its kings…

Kipling’s famous short story, illustrated by Armel Gaulme!

Everyone knows Kipling’s story, if only by name, but few know that the venturesome duo, Dravot and Carnehan, were accompanied by Armel Gaulme, a French artist who documented their journey. Unfortunately, the notebooks of this third man, who remained in the shadow of the other two, were lost and thought to be lost forever. It is quasi-miraculous that they have resurfaced more than a century after their disappearance and that Éditions Caurette can now publish this unique testimony of a vanished world…
Under the pencil of a gifted draughtsman, a fantastic world unfolds to shed new light on their incredible adventure, vividly authored by Rudyard Kipling.

We know very little about Armel Gaulme, author of these notebooks  documenting Dravot and Carnehan’s journey to Kafiristan. A few handwritten scribbles attest to his French nationality, but apart from a blurred photo and a few scattered mentions, no details of his life are known. It is by an extraordinary stroke of luck that his notebooks, thought to have been lost for more than a century, are even available to us today. The story of their rediscovery is worthy of a novel in itself, but suffice it to say, four generations later, that it was a descendant of the Gaulme family, after a quest lasting nearly 10 years, who managed to get his hands on the famous documents. This descendant, ironically also called Armel, has entrusted Caurette Editions with the task of printing these precious and heretofore unpublished archives.

“There are illustrators who are impossible not to publish.
Armel Gaulme is obviously one of them.”

Jean-Christophe Caurette

Technical datas:

● Hardcover
● Faux-leather bound
● 224 pages
● About 500 colours and black & white illustrations
● Text: English
● Size : 21 x 29.7 cm / 8.3 x 11.7 inches
● ISBN : 979-10-96315-73-4
● Price: €50

Pre-orders are available !