1920s: 189, rue Saint-Jacques, Paris
1930s: 25, rue Denfert-Rocherau, Paris.
1940s: 25, rue Henri Barbusse, Paris.
Thomas Nelson and Sons of Edinburgh also published books in Paris under the imprint Nelson Éditeurs, but the books were designed and printed in Edinburgh. Nelson had a reputation for producing good quality but inexpensive books. Most books published in France in those days were issued in soft wrappers, called une couverture souple, so that the owner could have them bound as they chose, whereas Nelson's produced books with a pleasantly decorated binding (see left) until the late 1940s.
Blampied designed the jackets of 11 novels published in the Collection Nelson, a series of 453 titles published between 1910 and 1963. You can find details of many of the books published by Thomas Nelson in France at a very detailed French website called Nelson’s Collections. Some of the books in my collection are shown there.
The books in the
The attractive binding of a typical book (click to enlarge)
Blampied was commissioned to design the wrapper of these books by Edwin Chater Jack of Thomas Nelson and Sons. The titles were identified in copies of letters written by Jack to Blampied which are now in Edinburgh University Library. Although most of the jackets are signed either 'Blampied' or 'Blam' two are not: Du 18 Brumaire A Waterloo and Napoleon at la Paix. The order of the books is based on the dates on which the designs were commissioned in letters from Edwin Jack rather than on the numbers in the Collection partly because Colette Baudoche is the second edition.
There is an interesting French web site run by collectors called Collection Nelson, which is trying to identify all the books published by Thomas Nelson and Sons with a focus on the titles published in France. There are many images of books on the site, some of which I have provided.
The entries below using give links to the entry page about the author in Wikipedia in English and to a usually different entry about the author in French Wikipedia.
● Click on the thumbnail to see a large image; click on the link to see details of each book and an image, if available.
NED-17.1: Voyageuses by Paul Bourget (Dust jacket and frontispiece of novel)
NED-17.2: Belle-Rose by Amédéé Achard (Dust jacket and frontispiece of novel)
NED-19.1: Colette Baudoche by Maurice Barrés (Dust jacket of novel)
NED-19.2: Les Déracinés by Maurice Barrés (Dust jacket of novel)
NED-19.3: L'Appel au Soldat Maurice Barrés (Dust jacket of novel)
NED-20.1: Le Roman de Leonardo da Vinci by Dmitry de Mérejkowsky (Dust jacket of novel)
NED-20.2: Du 18 Brumaire à Waterloo by Jules Michelet (Dust jacket of novel)
NED-20.3: Le Roman de la Momie by Théophile Gautier (Dust jacket of novel)
NED-20.4: Figures et Chose qui Passaient by Pierre Loti (Dust jacket of novel)
NED-20.5: Le Robe de la Laine by Henry Bordeaux (Dust jacket of novel)
NED-21.1: Napoléon et la Paix by Arthur Lévy (Dust jacket of novel)
NED-30.1: Les Chouans ou la Bretagne en 1799 Honoré de Balzac (Illustrated story for children)
NED-32.1: Les Animaux de la Ferme by Various (Children's selection)