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.