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Globe Illustrated Shakespeare

Picard holds his copy of The Globe Illustrated Shakespeare

Picard Q Ready Room

Q reads from The Globe Illustrated Shakespeare

The Globe Illustrated Shakespeare: The Complete Works was an annotated hardbound book that contained all works written by William Shakespeare. Jean-Luc Picard owned a copy of this book and kept it under a glass cover in his ready room.

Q and Picard cited quotes from the various works in the book while they debated the Human condition in 2364. Q later threw the book at Picard after Picard angered him. (TNG: "Hide and Q")

According to Berlinghoff Rasmussen, historians from the 26th century believed the captain had kept his volume of the Complete Works on his desk and not under a glass cover on a small table. (TNG: "A Matter of Time")

This book was among the items Edward Jellico reminded Picard to remove from the ready room after Picard relinquished command of the USS Enterprise-D to Jellico in 2369. (TNG: "Chain of Command, Part I")

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Background information Edit

  • The copy used on the set was the 1986 Greenwich House edition. Written and annotated by Howard Staunton (1810-1874), it was attractively bound, but that version is generally looked upon by Shakespearean scholars today as being outdated in terms of its scholarship. (citation needededit)
  • Patrick Stewart, who played Captain Picard, is a noted Shakespearean actor, and was in the Royal Shakespeare Company for a number of years. He made his Broadway debut in Peter Brook's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

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