Nature for Its Own Sake: First Studies in Natural Appearances

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C. Scribner's Sons, 1898 - Landscapes - 292 pages
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Page 186 - ... the angle of reflection is always equal to the angle of incidence, the image for any point can be seen only in the reflected ray prolonged.
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