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Sometimes it is just fun to go back in time. For example, take a look at this book from 1792 by John Love entitled Geodaesia: The Art of Surveying and Measuring Made Easy.
or, The art of surveying and measuring land made easy. Shewing by plain and practical rules, to survey, protract, cast up, reduce or divide any piece of land whatsoever; with new tables for the ease of the surveyor in reducing the measure of land. Moreover a more facile and sure way of surveying by the chain, than has hitherto been taught. As also to lay out new lands in America, or elsewhere: and how to make a perfect map of a river's mouth or harbour
Some of my favorite pages from the book.