Johann Amerbach was a very successful printer in the city of Basil, Switzerland. He maintained an extensive network of scholars and issued over a 100 works during his 35 years in the business. He is notable for printing works of the church fathers and also for spreading the use of Antiqua fonts in the German speaking lands. This font is not an Antiqua, but Johann Amerbach’s font now cataloged as Veröffentlichungen der Gesellschaft für Typenkunde des 15. Jahrhunderts Typ.1:184G GfT883. This would fall into the rotunda subfamily.
This typeface was inspired strongly by one of Ernhardt Ratdolt’s (1442-1528?) many beautiful typefaces.
Mr. Ratdolt was a printer from the city of Augsburg, who had also worked for several years as a printer in Venice. He made many advances in printing technique and technology, including the decorated title page.