Phelps, Austin. My Portfolio: A Collection of Essays. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1882. First Edition.
Black publisher's cloth, gilt titles to spine, tiny white ink spots at front edge of binding, 5 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches, former owner's signature and name stamp on ffep (Sprinkle). vi., 280 clean pp., publisher's catalogue, tight. Very good. Hardcover. 
Austin Phelps, D. D. (1820-1890), Congregational pastor and professor of Sacred Rhetoric at Andover, elected President of Andover in 1869. Dr. Phelps was born in Brookfield, Massachusetts, and was ordained pastor of the Pine Street Congregational Church, Boston, Massachusetts, 1842. Phelps published works on hymnology, devotion, rhetoric and regeneration along with some individual sermons and addresses.
A collection of articles first published in several Congregational periodicals. One of interest compares the suffrage granted to the Negro, which Phelps considered to be an abject disaster, to that proposed for the female, a potential for more disaster. In a second essay on the Political Status of Women he states that granting them suffrage is against the order of nature and the word of God. Other topics include Christian Amusements, the plea for union between Congregationalists and Presbyterians, and the rights of believers in ancient creeds.