Imp8vo, 644pp. Hardcover, d/w in excellent condition with a very sound spine and trivial shelf-wear only, protected by clear archival covering, text in pristine condition. One of the greatest authoritative works on marine life ever written, amazingly this brilliant book was published originally without any royalty payments to the authors or to the photographers. At the time of publication over 35 years ago, it was the first systematic reference of its kind and was the product of fifteen years’ continuous research by the great Professor John “Charlie” Vernon and his colleagues. As the subject of the ABC TV “Australian Story” in 2021, Charlie is now 77 and is called “the Godfather of Coral” with his more recent three volumes of “Corals of the World” also regarded as the ultimate reference book on this subject in the world. The detailed photography in this large single volume is simply stunning.