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Even though land surveying is something that should be left to the professionals, having an understanding of at least the fundamentals of surveying can be a great help when you have to hire a land surveyor for your particular land development project. You would be better able to understand any issues that the surveyor might want to discuss with you. You would also have a better understanding of the surveying services for which you are paying.
The following are two land surveying books that I would recommend.
1) Surveying: Principles and Applications by Barry Kavanagh and Tom Mastin
This a good book to keep as a reference for those with any interest in land surveying.