There is a clear picture of TC & EC Jack's bird books passing to the
publishers T. Nelson & Sons, also simply called Nelson.
The illustrations from The British Bird Book were used in 1966 in a
book published by Nelson, with text written by F.B. Kirkman before his
death in 1945. It was Kirkman who had edited the original volumes
brought out between 1910 and 1913 by TC & EC Jack. Soon after The
British Bird Book was published, Kirkman wrote "British Birds" and
this was revised and reprinted over the years. Between the two world
wars his bird books had both publishers' names on them, then later
Nelson was bought by the multi-national Thomson Corporation in 1960.
Soon after, the religious publishing section was split off and sold to
the US (still called Thomas Nelson). The educational and other books
stayed with Thomson. Nelson continued in the UK until 2000 when they
merged with Thornes to become the educational publishers Nelson
Thorne. The Nelson name is also an important part of Thomson Learning
in Canada. However, I think the UK Nelson Thorne is most likely to
have answers for you, since Kirkman's text was published *in London*
with the 1910-13 illustrations six years after the takeover by
The evidence and sources are laid out below, but please let me know if
you feel anything needs clarification.
This was an interesting question for me because the research started
with my knowledge of Edinburgh. Google searches showed that the Jacks
operated from the Grange Publishing Works, and this name suggested to
me that they would have been very close to the Nelson family's
manufacturing premises and their home. Searches in library catalogues
found about 50 books from the inter-war period with both the Jack and
Nelson names given as publishers, and this got things off to a good
Thanks for asking!
Kirkman and his books on birds
A 1938 book is listed by the British Library:
British Birds ... New edition, 1938, revised.
Main heading: KIRKMAN. Frederick Bernuf Bever. and JOURDAIN (Francis
Publication details: T. Nelson & Sons; T. C. & E. C. Jack: London &
A 1966 edition at the National Library of Scotland:
Main author: Kirkman, F. B. (Frederick B.), 1869-1945.
Title: British birds / by F.B. Kirkman and F.C.R. Jourdain.
Imprint: London : Nelson, 1966.
A book dealer's information:
Kirkman, F.B. & Jourdain, F.C.R.
British Birds 200 plates in full colour.
Thomas Nelson & Sons Ltd, London, 1966.
"Contains the 200 coloured plates which were issued in the British
Bird Book (edit. Kirkman), 1910-13.
[ . . . ]
The text is new, designed to provide in a succinct format, the best
available information sufficient to identify all British species
except the rarest. Includes descriptions of appearances, range,
habitats, nests, eggs, food and song."
One book dealer helpfully lists these illustrators:
Seaby, A W
Collins, G E
Lodge, G E
You can find more on Kirkman etc. by searching at the sites below.
British Library catalogue
National Library of Scotland
Abe Books used book search
Nelson the publishers
"In 1960, the company was sold to the multi-national Thomson
Organisation, based in Canada, who built on Nelson's reputation for
school and reference books."
Written in 2000:
"Today, Nelson's is one of Britain's leading publishers of educational
titles, offering materials for all ages, from nursery level to further
education, and in all subject areas."
"In January 2000, two strong UK publishing businesses - Thomas Nelson
and Stanley Thornes - joined forces to create a new company, Nelson
Contact Nelson Thornes
Nelson is also part of Thomson Learning in Canada.
"Nelson, a division of Thomson Learning"
Contact Thomson Learning
More on the Nelson family and the situation up to 1960 here:
"Thomas OR T C jack" Edinburgh
Jack "Grange Publishing Works"