The Rise of Fishes: 500 Million Years of Evolution - John A. Long
Even I can tell that the text is a bit outdated in spots (for example, it talks about Pikaia from the Burgess shale as the earliest known chordate, but this was before the earlier Chengjiang fauna was studied); and the author's insistence on describing all evolution as a rise directly toward humans annoys me no end, but the real joy of the volume is the pictures!! Won't soon be replaced in that respect.