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The Origin of Species
by Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the struggle for life
Charles Darwin

London John Murray Sixth Edition with additions and corrections (Forty Third Thousand)
The sixth edition [shown here] (first printed in 1872) - is the edition in which the word “evolution” was used for the first time (although Darwin used this term in the Descent of Man, published a year before; in 1871).
This edition was also the last that Charles Darwin revised during his lifetime, including the addition of an entirely new chapter.  In 1876 Darwin added a few small corrections, and all subsequent printing were copies of that printing.

a clean tight fresh presentable copy - which remains largely unread - even after 124 years -  a large portion of the book remains unopened [the leaves of the book remain joined at the folds; not slit apart]

The President’s forty-sixth birthday on May 29, 1963, was a brief interlude of fun and games and a muted show of affection, the way Kennedy liked it. In the morning he found in his office a bouquet of forty-six red roses. He posed stiffly for Stoughton, like an Irish alderman. Later, the staff held a surprise party in the White House mess. 

Above, Kennedy reads the card on a special basket of crab grass from the Rose Garden.

Photos by Cecil Stoughton.

For my forty-sixth Evangelion book review, here is Shin Seiki Evangelion Koutetsu no Girlfriend 2nd Koushiki Visual Book (Neon Genesis Evangelion Girlfriend of Steel 2 Official Visual Book), published by Kadokawa Shoten.  It’s another guide to the Girlfriend of Steel 2 video game, so be sure to read my previous review first to get explanations of what this game is about.  Last week’s book was a guide to the computer version, while today’s book is for the PlayStation 2 version.  The game’s graphics were redone for the PlayStation 2, so the lines are lighter and smoother, and the coloring has softer shading for a more modern look.  However, there is also some censorship in this edition of the game… more on that later.

This book is not available in English or French (which is not surprising because the game never got an official English or French release), but it has plenty of full color pictures, plus some line art.  It also has a removable dust jacket, although the artwork hidden underneath is just a gray version of the cover image.  Oh, and there are choices in this game that allow you to determine whether Shinji has romantic moments with Asuka, Rei, or Kaworu, so you’re going to see a little bit of all three here.  (Multiship-friendly book reviewing, yay!)

Anyway, the book starts off with some nice promotional art for the game.  Some of these illustrations already appeared in the book that I reviewed last week, but there are also some new ones.  For example, this interesting picture of Kaworu, Shinji, and Rei was not in the previous guide:


Do they just happen to be wearing scarves that are the same color, or is that one really long scarf and they’re all sharing it?  Oh my!  Keep reading for the rest of the book review, plus a few more pictures!

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For my forty-seventh Evangelion book review, here is Shin Seiki Evangelion Koutetsu no Girlfriend 2nd 4 Koma Manga Gekijou (Neon Genesis Evangelion Girlfriend of Steel 2 4-Frame Comic Theater), published by Square Enix.  This book is an official anthology of drawings and parody comics by various artists, based on the Girlfriend of Steel 2 video game.  (To understand what the game is about, be sure to read my forty-fifth and forty-sixth book reviews first!)

This anthology is not available in English or French, but there are plenty of amusing visuals.  Also, if you can read some Japanese, you’ll be happy to know that the text uses furigana, which makes it a lot easier to decipher the kanji.  Yay!  The book also has a removable dust jacket, although the artwork hidden underneath is just a light blue version of the cover art.

The majority of this book is in black-and-white, but the beginning has a few drawings plus two comic strips that are in full color, such as this picture of Kaworu and Shinji:


Keep reading for the rest of the book review, plus a few more pictures!

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