Charnock, John (1756-1807). Autograph letter signed to Mr. [J. P.] Lepard. N.p., 27 May 1802. 1 page. 150 x 152 mm. Offered with an engraved portrait of Charnock measuring 162 x 128 mm.
From the author of A History of Marine Architecture (1801-1802) to the publisher J. P Lepard, regarding payment for printing costs of the History:
"The Stationers Printers and other persons employd in manufacturing the History of Marine Architecture having according to the arrangement made originally by me with them for the liquidation of their accounts agreed to receive in payment the bills of the different booksellers. I have taken the liberty of enclosing your account and will in a few days transmit to you a bill for the amount of the same agreeable to proposals which if you will be pleased to accept will much oblige Sirs your very hum. srvt. John Charnock.
Charnock's History of Marine Architecture was the first serious study of British naval architecture. Written at the start of the Napoleonic Wars, Charnock's work "followed the opinions of sea officers in over-praising French ships and designs at the expense of their British equivalents establishing a tradition that has only recently been reassessed" (Oxford Dictionary of National Biography). Lepard is not listed in the imprint of Charnock's work, but was evidently involved in some aspect of its production.Book Id: 40464