By Amy Farley
April 09, 2009

To etymologists, Burton Holmes is the charismatic traveler who coined the word travelogue to describe the lectures accompanied by slides and films that he gave in sold-out concert halls throughout the United States in the early 1900’s. To modern readers, Holmes is the master lensman behind exquisite, hand-colored photos in Travelogues (Taschen; $50), a chronicle of his decades of journeys across 39 countries—from Seoul, Korea, at the dawn of the 20th century, to May Day in Moscow, 1934.