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. 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.
- 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
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