Charles Ede

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Sophie Gengembre Anderson, A portrait of a fairy, by (1869). The title of the painting is Take the Fair Face of Woman, and Gently Suspending, With Butterflies, Flowers, and Jewels Attending, Thus Your Fairy is Made of Most Beautiful Things - purportedly from a poem by Charles Ede.

Charles Richard Montague Ede (22 October 1921 (Sevenoaks) - 29 May 2002[1]) was the founder of The Folio Society.

During World War II, Ede was commissioned into the Royal Tank Regiment[2] and saw service at the Siege of Malta, Palestine, Egypt, and Italy, before transferring to the Intelligence Corps.

After the War, instead of going up to Oxford University as originally intended, he registered with the London School of Printing and after completing his course founded The Folio Society in 1947.

In 1971 Ede sold his share in The Folio Society and set up as an ancient art dealer.[1] The eponymous dealership, Charles Ede Ltd. continues to offer the highest level of scholarship and material at their Mayfair gallery in the heart of London, and at eminent international art fairs such as TEFAF Maastricht and TEFAF New York.

Selected publications[edit]

  • The Art of the Book: some record of work carried out in Europe and the U.S.A. 1939-1950. London: Studio Publications, 1951.
  • Collecting Antiquities: An introductory guide. London; Dent, 1976. ISBN 0-460-04240-8


  1. ^ a b "Ede, Charles Richard Montague (1921–2002)" by Brian Wolfson in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Jan 2006, online edition, January 2011. Accessed 21 December 2011.
  2. ^ Charles Ede Obituary in The Telegraph, 6 June 2002. Retrieved 21 December 2011. Archived here.

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