The Water-Witch, or The skimmer of the seas.
The Water-Witch, a story of smuggling in pre-Revolutionary New York, was first published by Walther in Dresden in the fall of 1830. While in Rome Cooper had attempted to have his novel published, but the papal censor rejected it because of one line in the first chapter: "And Rome, itself, is only to be traced by mutilated arches and fallen columns." After Walther published the first edition, Cooper sent sheets to Carey & Lea in Philadelphia, Colburn and Bentley in London, Gosselin in Paris, and Duncker und Humboldt in Germany. The London edition was published in October 1830 and the American edition, seen here, was published much later in December 1830.