"The most perfect numismatic book written on the first try," per Walter Breen, Browning was little known for its time, a labor of love which reached print but not much further. Today the original Browning and the Ford 1950s reprint are highly prized, with a combined print run of perhaps one hundred copies. Breen's opinion notwithstanding, Browning's work is dedicated to the quarter dollar die varieties of 1796 to 1837 and not much else. Ironically, it was Breen himself who did much to expand the definition of numismatics beyond mere technical data. Thus, although Browning was well written and well plated, today's collectors expect more. Happily, the efforts of Steve Tompkins have recently resulted in a complete update of Browning, a four hundred page cornucopia of quarters. In full color with considerable commentary not found in Browning, Tompkins is now the reference of choice for the bust quarter collector. For the bibliomaniac, one can only recommend that both are acquired, not to mention the precursor work, Haseltine's Type Table (#95).