The name “Aquilliam” is the pen-name attributed to the author of the classical travelogue, “Survey of the Western Lands”. Most prominent scholars believe that “Survey” was penned approximately 300 years ago, and contains the first-hand account of a caravaneer’s clerk journeying with his master on a profit-seeking venture beyond the Western frontier. Beyond inferences from the work itself, very few biographical details about this being remain in the present day, which is commonly attributed to the likelihood that the author lacked both social and literary standing in his own time – which even a casual reading of the work will readily explain. Despite its many stylistic flaws and factual discrepancies, “Survey” continues to be included in the canon of history largely due to it being one of the most complete examples of period scholarship and the only one addressing this particular subject available for study. The work enjoyed a brief vogue among the parlor-room explorers of the day, and the sheer number of copies surviving in private libraries and studies makes it the first treatise on the western lands that most budding scholars are likely to encounter.