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Burton Holmes. Travelogues. The Greatest Traveler of His Time 1892-1952

Hardcover, 5.5 x 7.7 in., 2.32 lb, 608 pages
US$ 25
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In a time before air travel or radio, Burton Holmes set out across the globe. The “world’s greatest traveler” visited nearly every country on the planet, bringing home more than 30,000 photographs, 500,000 feet of film, and unbelievable travel stories that first exposed America to some of these far-flung, mysterious lands. A rare window onto the world of 100 years ago.

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Burton Holmes, the man who brought the world home
It was the Belle Époque, a time before air travel or radio, at the brink of a revolution in photography and filmmaking, when Burton Holmes (1870–1958) began a lifelong journey to bring the world home.

From the grand boulevards of Paris to China’s Great Wall, from the construction of the Panama Canal to the 1906 eruption of Mount Vesuvius, Holmes delighted in finding “the beautiful way around the world” and made a career of sharing his stories, colorful photographs, and films with audiences across America. He coined the term “travelogue” in 1904 to advertise his unique performance and thrilled audiences with two-hour sets of stories timed to projections of multihued, hand-painted glass-lantern slides and some of the first “moving pictures.”

Paris, Beijing, Delhi, Dubrovnik, Moscow, Manila, Jakarta, Jerusalem: Burton Holmes was there. He visited every continent and nearly every country on the planet, shooting over 30,000 photographs and nearly 500,000 feet of film. This book represents the best of the Holmes archive, brimming with brilliant color photographs. A rare window onto the world of 100 years ago, it is also the ultimate inspiration to strike out on a travel adventure of your own.
The editor

In the 1960s, Genoa Caldwell was the New York-based photo researcher for the London Sunday Times, as well as photo editor for both Black Star and Magnum. While operating her own photo agency in Los Angeles in the 1970s, Caldwell was introduced to the work of Burton Holmes and became private archivist for the extensive and unique photographic collection. Caldwell has maintained the collection for over 30 years and has lectured and published on the life and work of Burton Holmes.

Burton Holmes. Travelogues. The Greatest Traveler of His Time 1892-1952
Hardcover, 5.5 x 7.7 in., 2.32 lb, 608 pages
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Customer reviews (4)

An antique photo travel book

Rogério, November 14, 2021
Beautiful ancient photos. The bulk of the book.

Amazing - a look into a past era across the world

Jonathan, October 28, 2021
My wife and I love this book. It shows pictures of a lost era. It shows how different the world was just 120 years ago.

Fun to look through

Anders, October 27, 2021
The book offers a unique look into how travel was 100 years ago and, not least, how the countries Burton Holmes traveled through were.


Wolfgang, December 27, 2021
Nach sehr bequemer Bestellung und schneller Lieferung des perfekt verpackten Buches mit großer Freude dieses aufgeschlagen und erst nach Stunden des Genusses ausgelesen in das Bücherregal gestellt.