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The Latin reads: |Let there be variety in the garment, let there not be division.' (8) The Twoo Bookes of the Proficience and Advancement of Learning, facsimile of the 1605 edn (Amsterdam and New York, 1970), Book II, 112.
Near the head of the thirteen-page article, Francis Bacon is quoted from his Of the Proficience and Advancement of Learning.(5) The large number and variety of contributors is the only assurance that all items and areas of study would be treated: "When we consider the immense subject matter of an Encyclopedie, the only thing that can be sharply perceived is that this cannot be the work of a single man." (635) The sheer quantity of data and information which the Encyclopedie aimed to include in its volumes and plates suggested an outlook that would not be satisfied with the narrower systems of earlier times, but rather necessitated observations and reports of experimental findings that could accommodate the new information.
Of the proficience and advancement of Learning, divine and human (1605)--where "proficience" has the older sense of an "Improvement in skill or knowledge; progress." Bacon's dynamic concept of knowledge as something that can be continually extended included every human being's power to improve his or her ability.