I have come across books similar to L'Art de Toucher le Clavecin, but written by English Composers. One such book "The Art of Playing the Harpsichord" IMSLP page and similar works have dynamics marked in some of the lessons. An excerpt can be seen here:
Since the book was published around 1770, usually books of this period are marked "for the Harpsichord OR Pianoforte", which elucidates the markings, but this book (and lesson) is titled for the harpsichord. The only explanation of such dynamics in the book is "forte signifies loud and piano soft; which is denoted by the letter F.P.".
Are these markings meant to be in a score specifically for harpsichord? If so, how are these dynamics meant to be played on a harpsichord? Does it mean changing of registers? Changes in playing technique?