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AGRICULTURE, ALGEBRA, ALLIGATION, ANATOMY, ANNUITIES, ARCHITECTURE, ARITHMETICK, ASTRONOMY, BLEACHING, BOOK-KEEPING, BOTANY, BREWING, CHEMISTRY, COMMERCE, CONIC SECTIONS, ELECTRICITY, FARRIERY, FLUXIONS, FORTIFICATIONS, GARDENING, GEOGRAPHY, GEOMETRY, GRAMMAR, HORSEMANSHIP, HYDROSTATICS, LAW, LOGIC, MECHANICS, MEDICINE, METAPHYSICS, MIDWIFERY, MORAL PHILOSOPHY, MUSICK, NAVIGATION, OPTICS, PERSPECTIVE, PNEUMATICS, RELIGION, SHORT-HAND, SURGERY, TANNING, and TRIGONOMETRY
They were all covered in the first edition (1768-1771) of the Encyclopedia Britannica. In fact, these were the only topics covered in the first edition. Does the selection of topics seem strange (in a possibly good sort of way)? Some topics are expected, e.g., agriculture, chemistry, law. Others not so much, e.g., bleaching, brewing, horsemanship, midwifery, short-hand, tanning.