A monumental Gothic Revival Oak breakfront bookcase attributed to E.W. Pugin, possibly from Scarisbrick Hall in Lancashire. The cornice with castellated mouldings and three glazed upper sections each with twin doors with stylised iron strap hinges and castellated iron handles and drop down ring pulls. The doors double pegged at each corner joint and when opened the inner door has a female groove all round with a male bead protruding from the carcass which when the doors are closed fits snugly into each other, a quality detail to protect important books from the atmosphere shown in the 2nd from last image. The lower cupboards with linen fold carved details to each door, a similar detail used in The New Palace of Westminster. The side Linenfold carved panels to the lower ends are slightly different to the front.
I purchased it from a good dealer who purchased it many years ago in Liverpool from a sale of furniture he said came from Scarisbrick Hall.
Height 8' 8", Length 12' 6", the top depth in the centre section is 14 1/2" and 11" deep to each side section. The base depth is 18 1/2" to the centre section and 15" deep to each side section. Circa early 1870's.