Rudyard Kipling & Armel Gaulme - The Man who would be King - Artist's Edition (French, pre-order)



The Man who would be King – The forgotten sketchbooks

Special Edition

By Rudyard Kipling and Armel Gaulme, preface by Érik L’Homme

(in French)

Full presentation of the book on the Caurette Editions website

Pre-order, available: Summer 2021


39,00 €


Author Armel GAULME
Publisher Editions Caurette
Binding Hardcover
Number of pages 248
Height (cm) 29.7
Width (cm) 21
Language French
Released date November 2019
ISBN 979-10-96315-28-4


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.

Sadly, we know very little about Armel Gaulme, the author whose notebooks illustrated the journey of Dravot and Carnehan in Kafiristan. A few scribbled notes suggest he was a Frenchman, but other than a blurry photograph and some scattered references, no other trace remains. It is only by chance that these sketchbooks, which seemed lost for more than a century, were recently found. The story of this discovery would be worth a book in itself, but suffice to say that, generations later, one of the Gaulme family’s descendants got hold of it after a ten-year search. This descendant who is, funnily enough, also called Armel Gaulme entrusted the notebooks to Caurette Editions to publish it in its original format.

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.


Available on Summer2021! 

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