Bundling Its Origin, Progress and Decline in America
by Stiles, Henry Reed
Albany: Knickerbocker Publishing Company, 1871. Hardcover. Blue boards, title in gilt. Very good. 138 pages. Bundling, which to the present general public may seem awfully odd, had two variations, both seemingly out of date. In the 19th century America had a scarcity of beds, and when travelers were spending the night, husbands and parents frequently permitted travelers to "bundle" with their wives and daughters. Earlier in history, Bundling was an unusual courtship ritual where by the parents would present and proceed to tie a sack around their daughters lower boday, place a wooden board in the middle of their bed, as the young suitor was then settled in next to his potential bride, while the parents looked on for the evening. The author of this book, was not a fan, and felt the need to write about the practice in his history of Connecticut. Lovely Bookplate of Charles H. Spilman (Ex-Editor of Providence Journal) by artist Paule Loring. Interior crisp and clean, some light rubbing to boards at spine.
(Inventory #: 1647)
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