Picard's Shakespeare Books
by Jörg Hillebrand and Bernd Schneider
In TNG: "Hide and Q" Q reads in Captain Picard's Shakespeare book. When he flings the book at Picard we can clearly recognize the cover. It is The Globe Illustrated Shakespeare – The Complete Works Annotated. So far I assumed that this book is the same one that can be seen flipped open in the showcase in Picard's ready room in nearly all TNG episodes. I did screen caps from various episodes, but none of them is clear enough to allow an identification of the pages that are visible, or of which illustrations from which plays are depicted.
Globe Illustrated Shakespeare in TNG: "Hide and Q"
(Screen capture by Jörg)
I tried to get my hands on the very same edition of the Globe Illustrated Shakespeare at Amazon, which turned out to be quite difficult. Until now I still have not managed to acquire the very same edition as Picard. I do have the 1979 edition with its relatively simple cover. Furthermore, I own the 1983 edition, which already has the same cover as Picard's edition but with a red leather binding. I also have the 1986 edition. This one too has the same cover as Picard's and the same blue/black leather binding. The central depiction of the Globe Theatre, however, is gold/blue on the '86 edition, and not gold/red as on Picard's.
While my search will go on, it is important to note that the content, including the page numbers, is the same in the three latter editions.
Hence, based on the blurred screen caps I could identify the pages of the book that are visible in episodes. A couple of double pages appear frequently, while other pages can be seen only in single episodes. All pages can be found in the middle of the book, because the only way it could be presented properly in the glass case was when it was half flipped open.
As I sifted through the episodes I found that Picard not only has an opened book in the ready room but also in his quarters. This one is initially visible in a shelf, later also on a dedicated small desk beside the entrance to his quarters. In later episodes Data too has an open book in a shelf in his quarters. I have investigated these appearances as well.
The first time that I had doubts that the Globe Illustrated Shakespeare is visible in all seven seasons in Picard's ready room was when I watched the scenes in this room in "The Offspring". This episode has the arguably best shot of the book. The illustration on the page shows Titania and Nick Bottom, mutated to a donkey, in A Midsummer Night's Dream. This noted image by Henry Fuselli does not appear in the Globe Illustrated Shakespeare. At least in this one episode we see another book in the showcase.
Looking at "Chain of Command, Parts I & II" there are also two scenes with evidence that the book is another one.
Annotated Shakespeare in TNG: "Chain of Command, Part I"
(Screen capture by Jörg)
When Jellico takes over command of the Enterprise-D, he is talking with Picard in his ready room, and he gives Picard the Shakespeare book to take with him. This book is visibly thinner than the one that Picard is holding in "Hide and Q". Moreover, it has a red cloth binding. In "Chain of Command, Part II" we can see how Riker thumbs through the book. It too has the red cloth binding, and its illustrations do not match the ones in the Globe Illustrated Shakespeare.
So I searched for more large-format Shakespeare books and eventually found the right one. We are dealing with one of the three volumes of The Annotated Shakespeare, published by A. L. Rowse (1978). The cover matches perfectly with the screen caps from "Chain of Command, Parts I & II". And so I went and bought all three volumes.
(Photo by Jörg)
I quickly noticed that the major part of the screen caps from Picard's ready room actually don't show the Globe Illustrated Shakespeare but the Annotated Shakespeare. Vol. I of the latter book is the most frequently visible one, vol. II can be seen predominantly in later episodes. We can spot the Annotated Shakespeare as well in Data's quarters in a number of episodes.
Now that I was in possession of all the required Shakespeare books, I could go through my screen cap collection once again and identify the visible pages in almost all cases. It also became clear when the exchange of the books took place and when vol. II of the Annotated Shakespeare appeared on the scene in addition to vol. I.
In the following I will list in which episodes which page pairs can be seen. In some special cases I will further elucidate the appearances of the books.
Globe Illustrated Shakespeare – The Complete Works Annotated
Edited by Howard Staunton, illustrated by John Gilbert, published by Greenwich House, Inc.
This book was only visible in Picard's ready room during the first season of TNG. It was replaced with the Annotated Shakespeare towards the end of that season.
The question may arise why the Globe Illustrated Shakespeare was replaced with the Annotated Shakespeare so soon. The following reason is possible: The pages of the Globe Illustrated Shakespeare are very thin, like Bible pages. Therefore the pages of a standing book tend to slip down easily (as is visible in "Coming of Age" and "Where Silence Has Lease"). It may have been necessary to re-arrange the pages between the takes in order to maintain scene continuity. This was time-consuming and may have been the reason to switch to a different book with thicker pages. Vol. I of the Annotated Shakespeare was acquired for Picard's quarters in "The Battle". It is overall much thinner than the Globe Illustrated Shakespeare, and with considerably thicker paper. Hence, the pages remain in place with ease when flipped open.
This new book from Picard's quarters was later transferred to the ready room, where it would be visible much more often, while the Globe Illustrated Shakespeare wound up in Picard's quarters ("Where Silence Has Lease"). When the book was visible another time in Picard's quarters, another solution had been found, however (see below).
Appearances of The Globe Illustrated Shakespeare
at Farpoint This is the first time that we can see the Globe
Illustrated Shakespeare, albeit just as a reflection in the window
behind Picard. The visible pages are apparently the same as one episode
For "All Good Things" Picard's ready room would be reverted to the state of 2364, but oddly the Shakespeare book was removed altogether from that timeframe. In the scenes that take place in the present of 2370, the Annotated Shakespeare is visible as usual. In the scenes depicting the past the glass case as well as the Globe Illustrated Shakespeare are missing, although they were evidently already there in "Encounter at Farpoint".
|The Naked Now We can clearly see the Globe Illustrated Shakespeare for the first time. Pages 1174/1175 are on top. The depiction shows King Edward and Lady Grey from Henry VI, Part III.|
|Haven This episode shows a page pair of the book that should appear repeatedly. It is the double page 1262/1263. On the right side we can definitely see King Richard III (dark clothes, crooked posture). So this is an illustration from Richard III. The same page is also visible in "Lonely Among Us" and "The Battle".|
|Hide and Q As already mentioned, we can see how Q is thumbing through Picard's book. In this process we can see the pages 754/755, 756/757 and 758/759. These are the first couple of pages about All's Well That Ends Well.|
|In the same episode we can also see the book in its usual place underneath the glass cover. Now the double page 980/981 is visible. These pages comprise the first illustration to Twelfth Night, or, What You will.|
|Datalore We see the double page 1206/1207, containing the first illustration to Timon of Athens.|
Soil In this episode we can see the page pair 814/815 for the
first time, which will also appear in "Coming of Age". It
contains an illustration from Henry V, depicting the Archbishop of
Canterbury and the Bishop of Ely.
This book will appear three more times, however in Picard's quarters.
|Where Silence Has Lease The book is standing in a shelf in Picard's quarters. In the early episodes of season 1 we could see a book in the same place, but so far it was always the Annotated Shakespeare (see below). I could find the depiction visible in "Where Silence Has Lease" in the Globe Illustrated Shakespeare on pages 1146/1147. It is the first depiction about Henry VI, Part III.|
|Pen Pals There is a book in Picard's quarters to that looks just like the Globe Illustrated Shakespeare. But I could not identify the pages.|
|Star Trek: Insurrection Many years later, in Picard's quarters on the Enterprise-E, we can see the Globe Illustrated Shakespeare again. Only with with the help of the Blu-ray disc I could identify the pages 1110/1111 (two illustrations from Henry VI, Part II) and 1346/1347 (two illustrations from Measure for Measure).|
Edited by A. L. Rowse, published by Clarkson N. Potter, Inc., distributed by Crown Publishers, Inc.
Beginning with "Arsenal of Freedom" (and prior to that in Picard's quarters in "The Battle") the Annotated Shakespeare could be seen in the ready room. This book is different from the Globe Illustrated Shakespeare in that it contains not only illustrations from a single artist (John Gilbert) but from various artists and also photos. This is how a number of famous Shakespeare actors were immortalized in Star Trek.
In 1978 the book was released in three volumes in a slipcase. The first two volumes of this edition were visible in TNG. In 1984 Greenwich House released all three volumes in a thick hardcover book. This one has pages as thin as in the Globe Illustrated Shakespeare. This edition never appeared on Star Trek, however.
In the first three seasons of TNG we can see exclusively vol. I (The Comedies). As it was with the Globe Illustrated Shakespeare too, all pages that we can see on screen can be found in the middle part of the book.
Some of the pages from the Annotated Shakespeare have not yet been identified: "Angel One", "Allegiance", "Devil’s Due" (Picard's quarters), "Qpid", "The Perfect Mate" (Picard's quarters), "I, Borg" (Picard's quarters) and "Second Chances".
Appearances of The Annotated Shakespeare - Volume I
|The Battle As mentioned above the Annotated Shakespeare appears for the first time in Picard's quarters in "The Battle". Here we can see the double page 328/329. It shows a full-page illustration of The Merchant of Venice.|
|Angel One We can make out a book in the quarters, but I could not find out which pages.|
The Arsenal of Freedom The book shows up in Picard's quarters. We can see the page pair 284/285. These are the first two pages on The Merchant of Venice. The same pages appear again in "We'll Always Have Paris" and "The Child". It seems no one touched the book between the end of the first and the beginning of the second season.
|The Schizoid Man A new double page is visible: 344/345, each with an illustration of As You Like It. The same two pages can be seen later in "Loud as a Whisper", "The Measure of a Man" and "Contagion".|
|Time Squared The next new double page is 346/347, which shows two new illustrations of As You Like It. This double page would reappear years later in "Unification, Part I", "Conundrum" and "Violations".|
Pen Pals We can see pages 382/383, again about As You Like It. This is the first time that we see a photo, which depicts the actors Ronald Pickup und Jeremy Brett (later famed for Sherlock Holmes). The same pages can also be spotted in "The Ensigns of Command" and "Evolution". Once again the pages were not turned between the seasons.
|The Hunted In "The Hunted", "Déjà Q" and "A Matter of Perspective" we can see the pages 412/413. The illustrations belong to Much Ado About Nothing. The photo on the right shows Alan Howard (noted as the voice of the Ring in the first and third parts of the Lord of the Rings films) in his role as Benedick.|
|The Offspring As already mentioned, an illustration of A Midsummer Night's Dream is visible. It can be found on the pages 236/237, only in this episode.|
|Sins of the Father We can still see the pages 236/237 from A Midsummer Night's Dream, as already in "The Offspring".|
For the first time since "Pen Pals" we can see a book in Picard's quarters.
I could not find the right pages, however. The paper indicates that it
can't be the Globe Illustrated Shakespeare any more. It could be
the Annotated Shakespeare or a yet unknown book.
Once again there is book in Picard's quarters in "Sarek". This is the first time that I could positively identify a page from vol. II of the Annotated Shakespeare. It is very likely that the book from "Allegiance" is this second volume too. More about this volume further below.
|Suddenly Human A new double page can be seen. It is the pages 286/287, which has two depictions from The Merchant of Venice. This double page can be seen a few years later in Data's quarters, in "Force of Nature".|
|Data's Day This episode shows the by far most frequently seen double page for the first time: 256/257. These pages show two actors as characters in A Midsummer Night's Dream. On the left there is Olivia de Havilland as Hermia (from the 1935 film by Max Reinhardt), on the right Robert Helpmann as Oberon. This same pages are also visible in "Clues", "Galaxy's Child", "The Nth Degree", "The Drumhead", "The Host", The Game", "New Gorund", "The Outcast", "Cause and Effect", "The First Duty", "I, Borg", "Time's Arrow, Part I", "Relics", "Rascals" and "Suspicions" in the ready room, plus in "Inheritance" in Data's quarters.|
|The Wounded We can see a double page, which also appears in "Devil's Due" and "Interface". It is the page pair 264/265, containing three illustrations from A Midsummer Night's Dream.|
|First Contact In this episode (not the movie of the same name!) we can see pages 350/351. They contain two depictions from As You Like It and reappears in "Half a Life".|
|Night Terrors In this episode and in "Hero Worship" we can see the pages 322/323. There are two images from The Merchant of Venice.|
This episode, as well as "Silicon Avatar", "True Q"
and "Descent, Part I", shows a very special double page. On page
354/355 there is one illustration and one photo from As You Like It.
On the photo there are Janet Suzman as Rosalind, Rowena Cooper as Celia
und no one else but Patrick Stewart as Touchstone! So Patrick Stewart's
existence is canon in the Star Trek Universe, and his image is present in
Picard's ready room all the time.
Interestingly, the same page of the same book can be seen in Picard's quarters in this episode.
|The Drumhead In the middle of "The Drumhead" someone must have turned the pages. We initially see the already mentioned pages 256/257, but later 512/513. The latter show two illustrations from Twelfth Night.|
|The Mind's Eye We can see the double page 340/341, the first ones about As You Like It.|
|In Theory The pages are 178/179, the first ones about Love's Labour's Lost.|
|Ensign Ro The visible pages are 272/273, with an illustration about A Midsummer Night's Dream.|
|A Matter of Time Berlinghoff Rasmussen studies the book, which at this time shows pages 414/415 with two costume sketches from Much Ado About Nothing.|
Perfect Mate In this episode and "I, Borg" the pages
276/277 with images about A Midsummer Night's Dream are visible. In
"I, Borg", moreover, the pages change in the course of the
episode. Most of the time we can see the already known pages 256/257.
Beginning with "Man of the People" we can see pages from the second volume of the Annotated Shakespeare in the ready room. In the following episodes the two volumes appear alternatingly. The appearances of the second volume will be investigated further down.
|The Quality of Life This episode and "Chain of Command, Part I" show the pages 262/263 in the ready room. They contain two photos from the 1935 film version of A Midsummer Night's Dream, and one illustration. On the photos we can see the following actors: Ross Alexander, Dick Powell, Jean Muir, Olivia de Havilland and Mickey Rooney (as Puck).|
|Chain of Command, Part I We can see the cover of vol. I, as Jellico returns the book to Picard. Vol. II can be seen in Picard's quarters, as described below.|
|Chain of Command, Part II When Commander Riker is reading in Picard's Shakespeare book (according to the screenplay) in his quarters in "Chain of Command, Part II", it is the same that was removed from the ready room in the preceding episode. Riker turns the pages 348/349, 350/351 and 352/353. All these contain illustrations from As You Like It. We can see the cover of the book well.|
|Later in the same episode, when Picard has returned to the Enterprise, vol. I is at its previous place in the showcase in the ready room again. We can see pages 306/307 with illustration of The Merchant of Venice.|
of the Enemy We can see the pages 380/381. Once again we are
looking at illustrations from As You Like It.
In this episode we are shown vol. I for the last time. On all later occasions we see vol. II of the book, in the ready room as well as in Picard's quarters.
Appearances of The Annotated Shakespeare - Volume II