Heinz König (1856–1937) was born in Lüneburg, Northern Germany. The son of a letterpress printer and lithographer, he started a three-year apprenticeship as a typesetter in his father’s printing shop at 16, followed by two decades of employment at various printing companies. In 1881 Hamburg’s Gensch & Heyse foundry commissioned his first type designs – two series of decorative initials. Four years later the company produced his first text face, a blackletter type called Münchener Renaissance-Fraktur. König returned to his hometown in 1887 to take over his father’s printing house, and resumed his career as a type designer only a decade later. König became one of the first specialized type designers in Germany, providing drawings to half a dozen foundries, including Genzsch & Heyse, Klinkhardt, Klingspor, and German Linotype.