John Lane was a publisher.
His business partnership with Elkin Mathews, an antiquarian bookseller created one of the best known publishing houses of the 1890s under its imprint 'The Bodley Head.' The firm's literary quarterly The Yellow Book attracted leading authors, poets and illustrators such as Aubrey Beardsley, Richard Le Gallienne and Max Beerbohm. His partnership with Matthews came to an end in 1894 but Lane continued to publish under the Bodley Head imprint, taking many of these writers and artists with him.
He is referred to in JW's correspondence about 1899.
Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford, 2004, online edition (accessed August 2004); Jackson, Holbrook , The Eighteen Nineties, 1913; Mix, Katherine Lyon, A Study in Yellow: the Yellow Book and its Contributors, Kansas, 1960.