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BERIA, Tommaso.
Instituzioni Pratiche per l'estimo de' beni stabili e mobili ed altre riguardanti il giudizio di perizia indirizzate a' giovani che vogliono abbracciare tal professione. Opera utile non solo alli medesimi ma ancora alli misuratori agrimensori capimastri, mastri da muro ed a qualunque persona possidente case e beni.
In Torino, nella reale stamperia, MDCCXCVI [1796]. FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. [vi], x, [i] imprimatur, [i] blank, 296, with 6 folding leaves of plates; in contemporary catspaw sheep, spine ruled in gilt with title in blind (label missing); boards somewhat worn. First edition of this rare guide to surveying and valuation by the Turin architect Tommaso Beria. Dealing both with buildings and with land, Beria gives a comprehensive account of valuations for probate and for tax. He describes the valuation of private houses, both urban and rural, as well as estimates for construction projects, before turning to the valuation of land, taking into account the availability of utilities such as roads and water, and its use for viticulture and forestry. He goes on to consider the division of houses and the attendent problems that result from the division of legacies and inheritances, giving detailed examples, illustrated on the folding plates. The final section deals with the valuation of furniture, fixtures, and fittings in houses; these range from desks and other carved wooden items to mattresses and blankets, and Beria gives advice on the compensation to be given when furniture can not be divided equally. Although the valuations Beria suggests are based on current prices in Turin and Piedmont, he emphasises that the principles used are universally applicable. OCLC records three copies at Harvard Business School, Columbia, and the BNF. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Pickering & Chatto [London, United Kingdom]
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