The Secret Book of James is preserved in a single Coptic copy found in Codex III of the Nag Hammadi codices. It is also known as the Apocryphon of James.
The most extensive study on the Secret Book of James is that of Ron Cameron, (HTS 34; Philadelphia, PA: Fortress Press 1984). The most important result of that study is the conclusion that the sayings tradition preserved in this document is independent of the canonical gospels. A more accessible study is provided by Helmut Koester in , pp. 187-200.
I absolutely love this idea, and had the exact same thoughts! I can just never part with any of my books! Because of this, I decided to go to a local secondhand bookstore, and bought a pretty (plain plack, with gold on the side) hardcover book. It was only ten dollars and I was fine with cutting it up because it was just about ‘punctuation’ and how it should be properly used. It was pretty on the outside, and (in my opinion) was not as interesting on the inside so I bought it. I look forward to doing this soon!