About

Curtis and White Books was founded in 2020 by Rowan Curtis and Bethany White. After spending many hours of our lives revelling in the gems we discovered in secondhand bookshops, we decided to share our love for literature and help others discover the joys of first editions. We believe that anyone and everyone can enjoy rare books.

We carefully select our books for sale, and have a wide range of first editions, signed books, and collectables, chosen for their interest, value, and originality. We strive to have a diverse list of stock, ranging from classic works from the 19th century to exciting new literature from the 21st. All of our books are for sale on eBay or AbeBooks.

We are always happy to help you find a particular rare book, or to chat about life and literature. Get in touch using the Contact page.

Rowan Curtis is a devoted professional bookseller of first editions and has been collecting first edition books for six years. Aside from book selling, he spends his nine-to-five studying the Moon as a planetary physicist at Trinity College, University of Oxford. He is a poet, an author of realistic fiction short stories and novels, a multi-instrumentalist and a big band vocalist. He engages in public speaking for causes he cares about, and he delivered a TEDx talk titled “Why we need Classical music” in March 2017. He is a tea lover, a dog lover and a lifelong supporter of Saints FC.

Favourite first edition? The End of the Affair by Graham Greene

Bethany is a writer, editor and historian. She works as an editorial assistant and as a freelance writer, with particular interests in education, women’s history, and public engagement in the humanities. She is a Fellow of the History of Education Society and has a PhD in History from the University of Oxford.

Favourite first edition? The Mandarins by Simone de Beauvoir