Eric Ennion (1900-1981) wildlife artist and naturalist - books written and illustrated.

Bibliography

Books written (and illustrated) by Eric Ennion

The Animal World – Its Attack and Defence

Raphael Tuck [c.1941]

275 x 210 mm. 32 pages, card covers. Illustrated throughout alternately with two-colour and full-colour line and wash drawings. Line drawings inside front and back covers, printed in olive-green.

The Animal World - Its Attack and Defence by Eric Ennion.
Adventurers Fen - Revised and enlarged edition by Eric Ennion.
Adventurers Fen by Eric Ennion - New edition with a foreword by John Humphreys.
The British Bird by Eric Ennion.
The Story of Migration by Eric Ennion.
Life on the Sea Shore by Eric Ennion.
The Lapwing by Eric Ennion.
Cambridgeshire by Eric Ennion.
Bird Study in a Garden by Eric Ennion.
Birdwatching by Eric Ennion.

Adventurers Fen  – Revised and extensively enlarged edition

Herbert Jenkins, 1949

220 x 135 mm. xviii + 110 pages, 77 line or line and wash drawings printed in black. Two pictorial maps on endpapers, printed in a single colour.

Dust jacket printed in brown and green. On later-bound copies this was replaced by a simplified design, printed in green on cream paper, incorporating a line drawing of the bittern in flight.

Adventurers Fen  – New edition

Colt Books, 1996

220 x 165 mm. xx + 68 pages. A reprint of the 1942 edition, with an additional foreword by John Humphreys and a note about the author. The illustrations and end paper maps are printed in black.

Dust jacket printed in sepia and blue. Photograph of Eric Ennion on back flap.

The British Bird

Oxford University Press, 1943

185 x 125 mm. xii + 172 pages, 15 full-page plates printed in two-colours from full-colour originals. 59 line drawings, one repeated.

Dust jacket design printed in blue and black on buff paper.

The Story of Migration

Harrap, 1947

250 x 185 mm. 100 pages, 110 line drawings.

Dust jacket design printed in blue, grey and black.

Life on the Sea Shore

Oxford University Press, 1948

180 x 120 mm. 80 pages, 16 full-page plates reproduced in full-colour from watercolour drawings. 10 line drawings.

Number 25 in The Chameleon Books series. The design on the pictorial boards and identical dust jacket, and the chameleon motif on the half-title, are not by Eric Ennion.

The Lapwing

Methuen, 1949

210 x 165 mm. xii + 48 pages, 4 full-page plates reproduced in full-colour from watercolour drawings. 31 line drawings,
1 repeated. Decorative line-drawn endpapers.

The line-drawn design (dated 1946) on the pictorial boards is printed in black on light green. The dust jacket is identical.

Number 1 in the Field Study Books series which was edited by Eric Ennion. The design for the pictorial boards and dust jacket was used for all 8 titles.

Cambridgeshire, Huntingdon and the Isle of Ely

Robert Hale, 1951

210 x 135 mm. xiv + 256 pages and a folding map.

The dust jacket illustration is by [  ]

A volume in The County Books Series; the general editor was Brian Vesey-Fitzgerald. Illustrated with 49 black-and-white photographs by Mr Staniland Pugh of Amersham. There are no illustrations by Eric Ennion.

Bird Study in a Garden

Penguin Books, 1958

180 x 220 mm. 32 page paperback. Illustrated throughout, alternately with monochrome and full-colour wash drawings. Full-colour drawings on front and back covers.

Puffin Picture Book Number 106.

The House on the Shore *

Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1960

210 x 135 mm. xvi + 200 pages, 64 line and wash drawings (16 of them full-page) reproduced in monochrome, and 3 line drawings. Line drawing on endpapers.

There are an additional 16 pages of black-and-white photographs.

Dust jacket printed in three colours.

Birdwatching

Pelham Books, 1963

185 x 120 mm. 140 pages, 1 full-page half-tone wash drawing and 68 line drawings.

Has an additional 7 pages of black-and-white photographs.

The photograph on the dust jacket is by S C Porter.

Tracks *

Oxford University Press, 1967

280 x 210 mm. 64 pages, 29 two-colour wash drawings and 7 drawings added to black-and-white photographs by Niko and Jaap Tinbergen.

The book was co-authored with Niko Tinbergen who also took the photograph reproduced on the dust jacket.

Books illustrated (wholly or in part) by Eric Ennion
Life in Pond and Stream by Richard Morse, illustrated by Eric Ennion.
Bird Life by Edward A. Armstrong, illustrated by Eric Ennion.

Life in Pond and Stream by Richard Morse

Oxford University Press, 1945

180 x 120 mm. 80 pages. 16 full-page plates reproduced in full-colour from watercolour drawings.

Number 23 in The Chameleon Books series. The design on the pictorial boards and identical dust jacket, and the chameleon motif on the half-title, are not by Eric Ennion.

Bird Life by Edward A. Armstrong

Lindsay Drummond, 1949

215 x 135 mm. xii + 152 pages. 2 full-page half-tone plates from wash drawings. 45 line drawings, one repeated.

The photograph on the dust jacket is by Eric Hosking.

British Bats by Brian Vesey-Fitzgerald

Methuen, 1949

210 x 165 mm. x + 62 pages. 4 full-page plates reproduced in full-colour from watercolour drawings, 30 line drawings. Decorative line-drawn endpapers.

The line-drawn design (dated 1946) on the pictorial boards is printed in black on light green. The dust jacket is identical.

Number 2 in the Field Study Books series which was edited by Eric Ennion. The design for the pictorial boards and dust jacket was used for all 8 titles.

Archaeological Remains by J. R. Garrood

Methuen, 1949

210 x 165 mm. xii + 48 pages. 4 full-page plates reproduced in full-colour from watercolour drawings. Decorative line-drawn endpapers.

The line-drawn design (dated 1946) on the pictorial boards is printed in black on light green. The dust jacket is identical.

Number 3 in the Field Study Books series which was edited by Eric Ennion. The design for the pictorial boards and dust jacket was used for all 8 titles.

Country Cottages by Marshall Sisson

Methuen, 1949

210 x 165 mm. x + 54 pages. Decorative endpapers from a pencil drawing.

The line-drawn design (dated 1946) on the pictorial boards is printed in black on light green. The dust jacket is identical.

Number 4 in the Field Study Books series which was edited by Eric Ennion. The design for the pictorial boards and dust jacket was used for all 8 titles.

Chambers's Encyclopaedia  – New edition

George Newnes, 1950

265 x 185 mm.  CCXL + 12,444 pages in 15 volumes. 1 full-page plate in full colour from a watercolour drawing, 4 full-page half-tone plates from wash drawings, 31 line drawings.

Eric Ennion's illustrations accompany ornithological entries contributed by Edward Armstrong and Kenneth Williamson.
The entries illustrated are: Albatross, Auk, Avocet, Bird, Bird Display, Bird Song, Bower Bird, Bustard, Cormorant, Crane, Crossbill, Crow, Cuckoo, Eagle, Emu, Gannet, Grouse, Hammerhead (Hammerkop), Hoatzin, Hornbill, Huia, Humming-bird, Nest, Nightingale, Nightjar, Owl, Pelican, Pheasant, Pigeon, Plover, Quetzal, Shrike, Spoonbill, Swift, Tern, Tropic-bird. 

The Bird in the Hand by R. K. Cornwallis and A. E. Smith

British Trust for Ornithology, 1960

215 x 135 mm. 114 + ii pages, card covers. 5 full-page line-drawn illustrations (2 with mechanical shading).

The cover illustration for the Second Edition (shown) is by Robert Gillmor, based on one of Eric Ennion's line drawings.

British Trust for Ornithology Field Guide Number Six

The Shell Bird Book   * by James Fisher

Ebury Press and Michael Joseph, 1966

195 x 120 mm. 344 pages. 8 full-page full-colour plates reproducing 48 studies of birds originally painted for Shell's British Bird Sanctuaries advertisement series. 1 monochrome pencil and wash drawing, which originally appeared in the The Countryman's Log.

The painting on the front of the dust jacket is by Peter Scott (it was replaced by Maurice Wilson's seabirds when the book was reprinted in the 1970's). Eight of Eric Ennion's small square bird studies from the book are reproduced on the back of the jacket.

Exile from Eden selected poems by Lilian Maude Watts

The Mitre Press, 1966

210 x 135 mm. 56 pages. Full-colour frontispiece which originally appeared (in half-tone) in The Countryman's Log.

The dust jacket illustration is by Shirley Townend whose line drawings decorate the book.

Birds by Gwen Allen and Joan Denslow

Oxford University Press, 1968

200 x 225 mm. 48 pages. Watercolour illustrations of 53 species reproduced in full-colour across 24 pages, on 7 of which there are also small line drawings to indicate scale; 17 pages of line drawings. Number 2 in The Clue Books series.

Laminated boards printed in blue and black, with illustrations from the book. Later reprints had a redesigned cover which substituted finches for the swift. No dust jacket.

Signals for Survival   * by Niko Tinbergen and Hugh Falkus

Oxford University Press, 1970

280 x 215 mm. 80 pages. 27 pages of wash drawings, drawn and printed in 3 colours.

Dust jacket illustration in full-colour.

Naturalist in Northumberland by Sir John Craster

Robert Hale, 1969

215 x 140 mm. 174 pages. 25 line-drawn chapter headings.

The dust jacket illustrations are by Val Biro.

A Dictionary of British Bird Painters by Frank Lewis

F. Lewis, Publishers, 1974

285 x 220 mm. 96 pages. 1 watercolour reproduced in monochrome.

Tracks and Signs   * by Gwen Allen and Joan Denslow

Oxford University Press, 1975

200 x 225 mm. 48 pages. 5 pages with line or wash drawings reproduced in monochrome. 15 pages with two-colour wash drawings. Number 9 in The Clue Books series.

Laminated boards printed in brown and black; photograph by Niko Tinbergen. No dust jacket.

The Birds of Wiltshire edited by John Buxton

Wiltshire Library & Museum Service, 1981

200 x 130 mm. xiv + 194 pages.

Cover illustration in full-colour (laminated soft covers; no dust jacket).

Extract from John Buxton's preface dated October 1980: “We are also grateful to Dr. Ennion and to the Council of the Wiltshire Trust for Nature Conservation for permitting us to use his drawing of a Hobby as the front cover illustration”.

Acknowledgement: This is an expanded version of the bibliography prepared by Robert Gillmor for The Living Birds of Eric Ennion (Victor Gollancz, 1982).

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The Bird in the Hand by R.K.Cornwallis and A. E. Smith, illustrated by Eric Ennion.
Naturalist in Northumberland by Sir John Craster, illustrated by Eric Ennion.
The Birds of Wiltshire edited by John Buxton, cover illustration by Eric Ennion.
Birds by Gwen Allen and Joan Denslow, illustrated by Eric Ennion.

Eric Ennion artwork © The Estate of E A R Ennion

 

Country Cottages by Marshall Sisson, endpapers by Eric Ennion.
British Bats by Brian Vesey-Fitzgerald, illustrated by Eric Ennion.
Archaeological Remains by J. R. Garrood, illustrated by Eric Ennion.
Chambers's Encyclopaedia - New edition, illustrated in part by Eric Ennion.
Where the book title is starred   * click on the cover to see related artwork
A Dictionary of British Bird Painters by Frank Lewis, reproduces 1 watercolour by Eric Ennion.
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Exile from Eden, selected poems by Lilian Maude Watts, frontispiece by Eric Ennion.
Exile from Eden, selected poems by Lilian Maude Watts, frontispiece by Eric Ennion.
Camping by Water by Noel Carrington and Patricia Cavendish, illustrated in part by Eric Ennion.

Camping by Water by Noel Carrington & Patricia Cavendish

Peter Davies, 1950

185 x 120 mm. 140 pages. 12 line drawings.

The dust jacket design, printed in brown and green, incorporates line drawings from the book, including 4 by Eric Ennion.

Eric Ennion wrote the final chapter in the book "Waterside camping and wildlife" which is illustrated with his 12 line drawings.

Ball-room Dancing * by H. St. John Rumsey

Methuen, 1925

185 x 120 mm. xii + 72 pages, 8 page publisher's catalogue.
16 illustrations in line and silhouette.

The dust jacket design, printed in blue-black on buff paper, repeats one of the drawings from the book.