This edition provides a preview of the AKL, with all names listed according to the AKL authority file format. Thus, this complete compendium serves as an authority file of artist names for libraries and everyone using authority files of artist names in their own database.The 12 volumes will cover over 730,000 names. Besides details of place of birth and death, and profession, all entries contain at least one bibliographical reference to an article containing more information. Over 400 works, many having several volumes, were evaluated completely to form the basis of this complete AKL index. Since the first edition (1999/2000), over 160,000 new names have been added and about the same number of names already included in the first edition, have been brought up-to-date.