Item #17552 Bundling & More About Bundling. Henry Stiles, A. Monroe Aurand.
Bundling & More About Bundling

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Bundling & More About Bundling

Harrisburg, Pa: Privately Printed, 1928. 1st Edition. 8vo. Very Good. Item #17552

An excellent Signed Limited 1st Edition on a unique and interesting courtship tradition in colonial America.

Signed by Aurand on the limitations page, this being number 125 of 1000 printed. Black cloth with titling pastedowns to front and spine. 98pp. Square tight binding. Clean interior, save for very small previous owner bookplate to front pastedown and signature of same to front ednpaper. Mild edge wear to binding with some edge wear to spine label.

"Bundling, or "bed courting" is believed to have originated in the pre-Celtic populations of the British Isles and was introduced to the American colonies by European immigrants (primarily Dutch and Welsh) where it attained unprecedented popularity. Traditionally, the practice of courtship involved two young adults, often betrothed, who spent the night in bed together under the parental roof to ensure compatibility and accountability. A bundling board or bundling sack may make an appearance, as it takes the form of a contraceptive for a bundling couple. A bundling board was a large plank that was placed in between the couple and the bundling sack was a sleeping bag that was sewn up the middle. Periods of popularity for the practice of bundling often align with eras of enhanced social position for women, as this custom afforded a high level of protection against premarital sex.

"The custom of bundling, which became common in New England in the eighteenth century, was used to certify that an unwed father was held accountable for an illegitimate pregnancy. The courtship practice would ensure that there would be witnesses to certify any intimacy that took place. Within the seventeenth century, courts were more willing to accept a woman's testimony that a specific man had fathered her child. Stricter standards came about in the eighteenth century when the court officials wanted evidence in support of the woman's allegation, which could be difficult to obtain. If a couple had sex in secret and the woman became pregnant, no witness of the relation would have taken place. Marriage by a spousal contract or in a church would often follow bundling." - wiki

A lovely edition.

Price: $75.00

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