Bookcases such as the current lot are commonly refered to as shujia or shuge, the basic forms of which are discussed by Wang Shixiang, et.al., in Connoisseurship of Chinese Furniture: Ming and Early Qing Dynasties, Hong Kong, 1995, vol. I, pp. 82-4.
The restrained decoration and use of nanmu as the primary wood provides a subtle and elegant refinement, and bookcases such as these would have been well suited to the studio of a scholar. For a huanghuali bookcase of similar form, dated to the 16th-17th century, see G.W. Bruce, Dreams of Chu Tan Chamber and the Romance with Huanghuali Wood: The Dr. S.Y. Yip Collection of Classic Chinese Furniture, Hong Kong, 1991, p. 107, no. 40.