This cello treatise from the end of the 1700's includes notational examples, exercises for first practice, and musical selections. Some of those selections are directly from the prominent Italian cellist Giacobbe Cervetto, d. 1783. What's more, there are even Folk tunes incorporated into the selections. The end of the treatise includes a short Dictionary of terminology.
"The Violoncello and Its History" the Introduction. Joseph Wasielewski wrote a 200+ page book about the cello, where it came from, its development, and the musicians who made it happen. This is a short observation regarding the introduction of the book, which deals mostly with the viola da gamba from which the cello is derived.