FOURTH MANSIONS. New York: Ace Publishing Corporation, . Folio, loose sheets. Galley proof of the first edition. "Nowhere is Lafferty's devout Catholicism more evident than in this strange mélange of a novel, which incorporates elements of fantasy and science fiction while being indefinable as either. The book's madcap characters and bizarre settings are typical Lafferty, as is the uncertainty about whether the wild plot, essentially a secret history of the world, amounts to a complete allegory or simply a crazy game -- or perhaps both. No matter, since the result is also typical Lafferty in being highly entertaining and absorbing." - Barron (ed), Fantasy and Horror (1999) 7-217. Published as part of the highly regarded Ace "Specials" series. 1970 Nebula nominee. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-621. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 4A-157. Pringle, Modern Fantasy: The Hundred Best Novels 45. Some wear and shallow fraying to left and right margins of first leaf, fraying to top edge of last leaf, a bit of spotting to first leaf, but an excellent copy overall. A rare proof. (#157573).