Germany was full of active cellists in the early days of the Cello's existence. There are so many works to choose from The 18th C. was a time of learning how to play and write music for the cello. Come, learn about cellist that have been forgotten by history: Schetky, Uber, Baumgaertner, Schindloeker, Arnold.
"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.
The founder of the German School of Cello Playing. Bernhard Romberg