Shakespeare's Old Oak Chest.
40 vols bound as 20 (twenty), in red lambskin. Titles to spines in gilt and each numbered at the base of the spine. These 'forty bound as twenty' volumes, are as 'hen's teeth' and extremely rare and difficult to find if at all! The books are contained in an oak wood chest with a drop front (to which is fixed a metal bust of Shakespeare] and a hinged lid. The 10 vols on top rest on their fore edge; while the 10 vols on the bottom rest as normal on their bottom edge.
Not contained in NLS collection. Sold by a collector in a public auction at Bonhams, 9th November 2022.