John Sage (1805 - April, 1894) was an American lithographer and music instrument seller based in Buffalo, New York, active during the middle part of the 19th century. He was born in Northampton Massachusetts, but relocated to Buffalo, NY, in 1826. Sage initially specialized in retail sales of musical instruments and merchandise, as well as printing stationary and sheet music. He acquired the lithography business of John Compton in 1856 and began publishing maps by 1858. According to some, he became one of the leading producers of township and railroad maps in the late 19th century, but we have only been able to identify 3 maps issued under his imprint. The Sage firm was based at 209 Main Street, Buffalo, New York. Sage ran his business with his sons, Henry H. Sage and John B. Sage (1832 - 19??), and a partner Loudon U. Dodge. Another son, William S. Sage (1834 - 1917), also joined the family business after extended travels in Europe. Dodge retired in 1867 and his shares were acquired by a William G. Boardman, and the company was renamed Sage, Sons, and Company Lithography, Printing and Manufacturing. John Sage himself retired in 1888. In addition to his success as a businessman and a printer, Sage was also an avid hunter and outdoorsman.

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