Sheridan, a Biography was written by W. Fraser Rae, dedicated to Sir John R. Robinson, and published in 1896. It has an introduction by Sheridan's great-grandson, The Marquess of Dufferin and Ava (Frederick Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, 1st Marquess), and is in two volumes.
The books are bound in dark blue cloth with an embossed straight-line border around the edge of the front and back boards, as well as a square pattern in the centre of the former. Inside the square is a stylised RSB in gold, representing the publisher. The spines have gold bands, top and bottom, with the main title, name of the author, volume I or II, details of the introduction and the publisher's name. The surfaces of the boards are a little faded and dented, while edges are shelf worn and also dented. The corners are bumped. The spines are torn on the back hinge, on both volumes, to the extent that they have become detached. They are also torn and frayed at the top and bottom.
There is a repeat RB (Richard Bentley) pattern, in shades of brown, on the end sheets, which have become torn, front and back. The hinges are torn, but the binding is secure on Volume I. Volume II is less firm and the text block is loose. A small label has been attached on the bottom of the front end sheets, indicating 'Thornton & Son, Booksellers, 11 The Broad, Oxford.' There is foxing on the flysheets, although the pages of text tend to be light-faded on the edges. A black and white image of Sheridan by Sir Joshua Reynolds is reproduced on the frontis piece of Volume I, with a sheet of protective tissue paper. Other sheets provide the book details, another RB trademark, a quote from Coleridge to Sheridan and the dedication. Volume II is similar, but with an image of Sheridan by John Russell.
Both volumes contain numerous portraits of Sheridan and others, as well as facsimile letters and tickets. Some of the plates are protected with tissue paper, while some of the letters are foldout.
Although both volumes are in similar condition, Volume I is marginally better than II.