Rare! 1838, Grigorios Palaiologos, Ermimia peri Anatrofis Metaxoskolikos kai Kalliergias tis Moreas, First Edition


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Grigorios Palaiologos (1794 – 1844) was a Greek prose writer, scholar and agronomist of the era of the Greek Enlightenment. He was born in Constantinople and studied agriculture in Western Europe. In 1829 he came to Greece and was appointed by  Kapodistrias director of the “Model Agricultural Garden” of Tiryns, a position he held until 1831. He then served in the public administration. Palaiologos introduced the butter machine to Greece and wrote several scientific treatises (On viticulture and winemaking, On the rearing of the silkworm and more). He published the magazine Triptolemos.

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Ερμηνεία περί ανατροφής του μεταξοσκώληκος και καλλιέργειας της μωρέας

δαπάνη της κυβερνήσεως

Επιμελεία της επί της εμψυχώσεως της εθνικής βιομηχανίας Επιτροπής

παρά Γρ. Παλαιολόγου


Explanation on Rearing Silkworms and Cultivating Mulberry Trees

by Gr. Palaiologos

Committee on the Animation of the National Industry Commission


Published by E. Ralli in Athens in 1838

Original Paper Binding

Pages 68

First Edition

21cm x 13,5cm


Sericulture, or silk farming, is the cultivation of silkworms to produce silk. Although there are several commercial species of silkworms, the caterpillar of the domestic silk moth is the most widely used and intensively studied silkworm.

Sericulture in Greece: At the dawn of the 19th century silk making was one of the most well known activities in the Greek area. Cultivation of the mulberry tree, cocoon farming and the first, rudimentary eco-technical processing (raw silk or simple forms of silk thread) were complementary activities of the rural household, with trade purpose. In this form the silk industry was confronted with the challenges of industrialization. It was also reorganized with new  techniques that made their appearance reinforcing  the process of the transformation of the Greek economy. This  innovation attempted the transition from the domestic-traditional to the factory system production.

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