San Francisco: Beck-Gerlach Printing Company, Inc., 1931. First edition. First separate publication of Harte’s oft-filmed short story that first appeared in 1869 in “Overland Monthly” magazine. Small 4to (7 x 9.75”) stiff, green, string-tied paperwraps printed in orange and black with 3” fold-over at top revealing a pasted-on “deuce of clubs” – the playing card that figures prominently in the story’s denouement. Frontispiece woodcut illustration by Alex Stern; “typographically designed and executed” by C. Raymond Beran; 10 unnumbered leaves including blanks (story is 9 pages). Near fine with touch of minor creasing and one small tear. Quite scarce. OCLC locates only 10 copies.