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The Lexicon Bookshop

Specialists in Manx Books, Souvenirs & Gifts.



Failt ort / Welcome

Founded in 1936, the Lexicon is the Isle of Man's longest established bookseller and we hold out the promise to customers who visit our shop of extraordinary discoveries within the friendly and relaxed surroundings of a traditional independent family owned shop.

We specialise in books, gifts and souvenirs with a local interest. Currently there are a wide range of books in print covering all aspects of life past and present in the Isle of Man. In addition, there is an extensive range of DVDs, CDs, calendars, models, gifts and souvenirs.

In an endeavour to offer some unique items not to be found anywhere else, we originate a large number of our own gifts which are predominantly handcrafted. These ranges include artwork, Christmas decorations, fridge magnets, giftware, glassware, greetings cards, jewellery, jigsaws and models.

We hope that you enjoy browsing our website and all of the items featured can be purchased by using our secure online store. Alternatively you are more than welcome to contact us by phone (01624 673004) or e-mail (lexicon@manx.net).

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Gura mie ayd / Thankyou

New Products

TT Titans - The Twenty-Five Greatest Isle of Man Racing Machines.

TT Titans - The Twenty-Five Greatest Isle of Man Racing Machines.

25.00

****PUBLICATION DATE 31st MAY, 2018 - PRE-ORDERS NOW BEING TAKEN****

Which racing motorcycles or sidecar outfits have made the strongest contributions to the Isle of Man TT over the last century? If you had to choose twenty-five individual machines for a fantasy museum, which ones would they be? Matthew Richardson has made his choices, and describes each one in vivid detail in this perceptive and highly illustrated book. He takes into account extraordinary achievements like lap records, race victories, technical innovations and other milestones in TT and motorcycle history. His selection highlights the engineering excellence and feats of riding skill that have marked so many years of racing on the Mountain Course.

As well as examining the most significant machines, the author includes profiles of the exceptional men who built and rode them. Modern bikes from BMW, Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha are featured alongside the machines that dominated the early years of the TT such as Matchless, Norton and Velocette. The riders who took them to victory include many of the best-known names from every era of the sport – from Stanley Woods, Bob McIntyre and Mike Hailwood to Carl Fogarty, Joey Dunlop, Dave Molyneux and John McGuinness.

The author is Curator of Social History at Manx National Heritage and is an expert on the history of the Isle of Man TT
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Return to Isle of Man Transport

Return to Isle of Man Transport

30.00

***PUBLICATION DATE, 31st MAY, 2018 - PRE-ORDERS NOW BEING TAKEN***


This is the second book by Martin Jenkins and Charles Roberts about transport in the Isle of Man.

The first volume was described in Classic Bus as a "splendid book which takes you on a wonderfully nostalgic journey all round the island in lovely photographs" and covered the steam railway, shipping and Road Services buses.

This second volume, using many previously unpublished rare early colour pictures, completes the coverage by looking at the Manx Electric and Snaefell Mountain Railways, as well as the buses and horse trams of Douglas Corporation.

The authors have managed to collect together some truly interesting and often stunning pictures, from a period when colour coverage of transport subjects was almost non-existent.
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For the Love of Kippers & Queenie Scallops

For the Love of Kippers & Queenie Scallops

9.99

****DUE FOR PUBLICATION IN MAY 2018******

Renowned fishing writer Mike Smylie takes a long hard look at the Manx fishing industry.

Following a brief historical overview the reader is led on an enthusiast's journey through the specialist areas that make fishing on the Isle of Man so important and unique, with paricular reference to those most local of delicacies, Manx Kippers and Queenies.

The author's affection and understanding of his subject make this a very personal story as well as being of interest to anyone with a love for all things Manx.
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Isle of Man Montage Mug

Isle of Man Montage Mug

8.99

This beautiful montage mug, unique to Lexicon Bookshop, depicts 5 hand drawn repeating images of the Isle of Man - Electric Tram, Horse Tram, Laxey Wheel, Tower of Refuge and a Viking Long Ship. Following through the red colour from the images, the mug has a matching red interior.
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Tram Tales of the Manx Electric Railway Vol 2: Stick to Safety

Tram Tales of the Manx Electric Railway Vol 2: Stick to Safety

5.95

Pam the Paddlebox Tram used to be a green but had been repainted in red just like most of the other trams. She didn't like it at all. The Safety Staff was also red. Red was rubbish! When Pam broke the rules trying to be different she got everything muddled up and Tina the Trailer had to help make things safe again.

This book is beautifully illustrated throughout in full colour.
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Laxey Wheel Tea Bag Tin with Teabags

Laxey Wheel Tea Bag Tin with Teabags

11.99

This Laxey Wheel Tea Bag Tin comes with 40 tea bags
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Peel Marina and Castle 1000 Piece Jigsaw

Peel Marina and Castle 1000 Piece Jigsaw

Laxey Wheel, Lady Isabella 1000 Piece Jigsaw

Laxey Wheel, Lady Isabella 1000 Piece Jigsaw

3 Legs of Man Hanging Glass Window Roundel

3 Legs of Man Hanging Glass Window Roundel

22.00

This is a hand painted glass window decoration which is framed with traditional stained glass lead and hung with a trace chain
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Manx Crosses: A Handbook of Stone Sculpture 500-1040 in the Isle of Man

Manx Crosses: A Handbook of Stone Sculpture 500-1040 in the Isle of Man

19.99

The carved stone crosses of the Isle of Man of the late fifth to mid-eleventh century are of national and international importance. They provide the most coherent source for the early history of Christianity in the Island, and for the arrival and conversion of Scandinavian settlers in the last century of the Viking Age - a century which produced some of the earliest recognisable images of the heroes and gods of the North; earlier, indeed, than those found in Scandinavia. This, the first general survey of the material for more than a century, provides a new view of the political and religious connections of the Isle of Man in a period of great turmoil in the Irish Sea region. The book also includes an up-to-date annotated inventory of the monuments.

David M. Wilson, Director of the British Museum from 1977-1992, is a leading authority on the Viking Age and has written a number of studies of the art and archaeology of the Anglo-Saxon period and the Viking Age in their Northern European context. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and lives in the Island.
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Then and Now Around the Isle of Man - Classic Isle of Man Views from the 1870s to the 1960s Compared to Modern Day Images

Then and Now Around the Isle of Man - Classic Isle of Man Views from the 1870s to the 1960s Compared to Modern Day Images

19.50

This book explores the dramatic changes to the Island's industrial, residential and coastal landscape over the last 120 years. Instigated by steamships full of tourists in the 1970's, architects and engineers worked tirelessly to adapt the Island's basic infrastructure, creating railways, promenades, tramways, grand hotels and visitor attractions in the process.

Today the Isle of Man has changed dramatically from those bygone days as the book illustrates drawing on historic illustrations and with the modern day camera.
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The Magic Tunnel

The Magic Tunnel

5.99

Ant and Bee are the two replica steam engines at the Great Laxey Mine Railway who fool around in their shed one night and end up travelling back in time through the magic tunnel (the present-day tunnel still used by the Railway). They talk to one another about the miners and going into the mine to transport the lead ore to the washing floors where women and children work outside in dirty conditions. The story ends when the engines come back to the present-time.

The book is part-fact and part-fiction, is beautifully illustrated throughout by the author and has parallel texts in both Manx and English
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A Manx Day Out

A Manx Day Out

4.99

Join Buddy, Millie, Meg & James, the friendly shire horse that pulls the Douglas Horse Trams, on their travels around the Isle of Man.

This is a delightfully illustrated childrens story that visits the Fairy Bridge, Port Erin, Peel and Ramsey amongst the destinations. The illustrators are a group of ladies form an art class at the University College of the Isle of Man.
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Involuntary Guests - Enemy Aliens and Political Detainees on the Isle of Man in World War Two

Involuntary Guests - Enemy Aliens and Political Detainees on the Isle of Man in World War Two

21.50

"From the commencement of their deliberations the War Emergency Committee have also impressed on the Imperial Government...the desirability of obtaining an Alien Internment Camp"

The Second World War radically changed the Isle of Man accelerating its movement towards becoming the self-governing Crown Dependency that it is today. With a peak of around 15,000 internees and detainees held and with navy, army and air force bases the effect on the civilian population and the economy of the Island was profound.

The author brings to life a wide range of detail from personal papers, accounts and published sources long forgotten or hidden away in surprising locations. An essential guide to those whose relatives were interned as well as those researching this fascinating period of the Island's history.

"In the camp we were always looking for something that would break the monotony. One day they caught a seagull, so the internees coloured one wing red and one green, so that we had the Italian flag flying over our camp (green, white and red)."
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Manx Tholtans Volume 2

Manx Tholtans Volume 2

19.95

In this second photographic essay, photographer and local historian Ray Kelly revisits more hidden 'Tholtans' (a Manx word describing the ruins of old homes). This new work is further complemented by some of the author's colourful retelling of local stories and fables.

The author's passion for his subject matter shines through as these incredibly photogenic buildings, most of which are well off the beaten track, offer a glimpse of genuine Manx culture and heritage from times that are fast disappearing into history.
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Best Selling Items

Isle of Man Ordnance Survey Landranger Map

Isle of Man Ordnance Survey Landranger Map

8.99

Isle of Man Ordnance Survey Landranger map provides all the information you need to get to know the Island, whether you are a visitor or a local resident. This latest edition also includes an access code to download the map onto your smartphone or tablet.
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North Quay, Douglas 1000 Piece Jigsaw

North Quay, Douglas 1000 Piece Jigsaw

Ceramic Large Stretching Ginger Manx Cat

Ceramic Large Stretching Ginger Manx Cat

33.00

This Babbacombe Pottery Manx Cat ceramic ornament has been handmade from blending the clay, casting, fettling, sponging, kiln firing then handpainting and glazing and finally re-firing

Please note that due to the handpainting process, the markings on this Manx Cat may vary slightly from the markings shown in the image.
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Then and Now Around the Isle of Man - Classic Isle of Man Views from the 1870s to the 1960s Compared to Modern Day Images

Then and Now Around the Isle of Man - Classic Isle of Man Views from the 1870s to the 1960s Compared to Modern Day Images

19.50

This book explores the dramatic changes to the Island's industrial, residential and coastal landscape over the last 120 years. Instigated by steamships full of tourists in the 1970's, architects and engineers worked tirelessly to adapt the Island's basic infrastructure, creating railways, promenades, tramways, grand hotels and visitor attractions in the process.

Today the Isle of Man has changed dramatically from those bygone days as the book illustrates drawing on historic illustrations and with the modern day camera.
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Manannan Mounted Print

Manannan Mounted Print

35.00

In 2007 "Seacat Isle of Man" returned to the IOMSPC having been given a new company livery and renamed "Snaefell VI". Also at this time the Steam Packet Company had purchased a much larger Seacat vessel that had originated from the US Navy. Given the new name of "Manannan" she underwent a major re-build in Portsmouth and was introduced to company service during May 2009.

For a short period both the Mananannan and Snaefell VI operated alongside each other as depicted in this latest IOM Steam Packet artwork entitled "Arrivals and Departures" from Philip Welsh.
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A Brief History of the Isle of Man (Edition 2)

A Brief History of the Isle of Man (Edition 2)

12.95

With parliamentary traditions introduced by the Vikings, the Isle of Man was the first country to give women the vote. Much of its public transport hasn't changed since Victoria was on the throne, yet the island is the fifth in the space race. Famed for its motorcycle racing and tailless cats, it's still traditional to greet people when crossing the Fairy Bridge.

In the middle of the Irish Sea, the Isle of man has been drawn into the politics of the surrounding islands, yet maintains its own traditions, language and way of life.

It is this proud history of the Manx and their island which this book celebrates.
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Isle of Man Outdoor Map

Isle of Man Outdoor Map

7.00

Printed on two sheets split into the North and South of the Island, this 1:25,000 (two and a half inches to one mile) map is an essential reference for walkers and mountain bikers. It shows footpaths, cycle routes and places open for public ramblage and other places of scenic interest. Well known walking routes such as Raad Ny Follan , the Millennium Way and Steam Heritage trail are all marked.

The maps are provided in a clear plastic wallet
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Coins of the Isle of Man

Coins of the Isle of Man

29.95

This second edition (published April 2017) is a comprehensive reference work of the coins and tokens used and issued in the Isle of Man from earliest times to the present day and is a most useful reference work for anyone with an interest in the island's coins.

The author, Mike Southall, acquired his interest in coins in the Isle of Man when the new decimal series was issued in 1971 . The first offical Manx coins, halfpennies and pennies were issued by the Lord of Mann, James Stanley 10th Earl of Derby, and were made legal tender by an Act of Tynwald on 24th June 1710. Manx coins and a variety of tokens were circulating on the Island until 1939. Thereafter British coins became the only legal currency until decimalisation in February 1971. Also well documented are many Viking hoards together with a mishmash of coins and tokens used in the 17th century.



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Three Legs Charm Bead

Three Legs Charm Bead

24.00

Crafted in the finest 925 Sterling Silver, this attractive 3 Legs Bead Charm has been especially made for Lexicon Bookshop and is presented in a black velvet pouch

Please note: bracelet is not included.

Fits both Pandora and Chamilia bracelets
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Isle of Man TT Grandstand Waterbottle

Isle of Man TT Grandstand Waterbottle

13.99

This lightweight bottle is great for camping, hiking, sport, school trips and picnics and is ideal for all cold drinks. It is supplied with carabiner, sports bottle type push-pull mouthpiece and a plastic screw on top.
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All Round Guide to the Isle of Man

All Round Guide to the Isle of Man

5.95

Published in March 2018, this is now the 9th edition of this comprehensive and beautifully illustrated guide. It tells the full story of what makes the Isle of Man such an interesting and memorable place to visit. and includes places to see, maps, car tours, walking ideas, cycle trails and street plans.

With up to date advice, maps and essential information this pocket sized guide is your indispensible reference to the island's scenery, culture, visitor attractions and local places of interest.
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Isle of Man Transport - A Colour Journey Through Time

Isle of Man Transport - A Colour Journey Through Time

25.00

This stunning selection of colour views, dating from the period 1953-1980, includes most of the vessels operated during this period by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company and The Ramsey Steamship Company. Passenger boats and freighters are seen at ports on the island and on the mainland.

There is comprehensive coverage of the Peel, Ramsey and Port Erin lines operated by the Isle of Man Railway with some outstanding views taken during the 1950s, together with excellent portraits of most of the locomotives, as well carriages, vans, wagons, lorries, stations, staff and signal boxes. Also covered are Douglas Station and its environs, St John's junction and the Sunday 'specials' to Braddan.

Many of the rich mix of bus types operated by the railway subsidiary, Isle of Man Road Services, are seen in a variety of locations. Included are some of the vehicles delivered just before and shortly after the Second World War.

There are good views of the fascinating Ramsey Pier Tramway and its unusual rolling stock, as well as rare scenes taken as early as 1953 on the Groudle Glen Railway.

For anyone who loves the Isle of Man and its wealth of vintage transport, this book provides a remarkable trip down memory lane and a colourful reminder of some of its lost glories.
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Douglas Bay Horse Tramway 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

Douglas Bay Horse Tramway 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

19.99

Douglas Bay Horse Tramway was establsihed in 1876 and in this jigsaw the Double Deck Tram, 18, and Bulkhead Royal Tram, 44, are captured as they pass the Douglas Promenade War Memorial.

Not suitable for children under 36 months.
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Visions of Mann Calendar 2019

Visions of Mann Calendar 2019

5.99

Portraying 12 scenes from the beautiful Isle of Man, this calendar runs from January 2019 - December 2019


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