Filippo Rotundo was born in Rome, Italy, in 1972. In 1997, he started working for the modern bookshop Arion, on the iconic via Veneto – made famous by Fellini's La Dolce Vita – and opened its rare books department in 1998. In 2000 he established Philobiblon, his antiquarian bookshop, in Rome; in 2004 he opened in Milan, and in 2006 in London.
From 2013 Philobiblon expanded its activities with a Rome franchisee of Bloomsbury Auctions. In 2016, Filippo and Stephan Ludwig, former Executive Chairman of Drewatts & Bloomsbury Auctions, along with several former heads of departments at Bloomsbury, went on to establish Forum Auctions, the specialist auction house for Antiquarian Books and Manuscripts, 20th Century Literature, Modern & Contemporary Art and Editions, Old Master Prints and Drawings, Photographs and other Works on Paper.
Having worked in close partnership with Umberto Pregliasco of Libreria Pregliasco over the last thirteen years, he also decided to take on the challenge of opening PRPH Books, a new rare books gallery on the Upper East Side in New York City.