The focus of Polybius' writing narrates events from 220 B.C., Hannibal's Spanish campaign, to 168 B.C., the Battle of Pydna, but it also instructs present and future politicians and historians with the historiographical themes prevalent throughout the work. Polybius presents a detailed, thorough narration of contemporary characters and events because history was meant to be studied and analyzed in order to benefit the present and the future. This special edition is printed on acid-free paper, luxuriously bound in leather, and embellished with gold stamping of an original design. The raised bands across the spine are distinctive of the classic bookmaker's art. Specially commissioned marbleized endleaves are reminiscent of fine Old World editions.