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The Lexicon Bookshop

Specialists in Manx Books, Souvenirs & Gifts.



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 family owned shop.

We specialise in books, gifts and souvenirs with a local interest. Currently there are an unprecedented number of books being published covering all aspects of life past and present in the Isle of Man. In addtion, there are a wide range of DVDs, CDs, calendars, models, gifts and souvenirs.

We hope that you enjoy browsing our website and all of the items featured can be purchased online using our secure shopping cart system.

You can also follow us on Twitter @lexiconbookshop

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Best Selling Items

The Railways and Tramways of Laxey

The Railways and Tramways of Laxey

20.00

One hundred and fifty years ago Laxey was home to one of the richest lead mines in Britain. In one year the Great Laxey Mine produced over 11,000 tons of zinc ore, as much as all the other mines in Britain added together! In this book Laxey redident and historian Andrew Scarffe relates the many tramways and railways which were associated with the Great Laxey Mine plus a few that were proposed but never built.

Uniquely in British mining, Great Laxey used two tiny steam locomotives, Ant and Bee, to haul the mined ore from deep underground to the Washing Floors, where the ore was prepared for sale. Both were unfortunately scrapped in the 1930s following the closure of the mine. Seventy years later the Laxey and Lonan Heritage Trust began the restoration of the surface section of the former tramway using replicas of the orginal locomotives. To bring the history of Laxey's tramways fully up to date, the story of the rebirth of the Great Laxey Mine Railway, as it is known, is fully related.

Laxey's harbour facilities were poor and a number of steam railways connecting Douglas with Laxey were proposed. This book also recalls the fascinating and unfulfilled proposals. When a railway was eventually built, somewhat ironically it was to be an electric tramway for tourists and the Great Laxey Mine was ignored. Previously unpublished information describes the construction of the famous Manx Electric Railway.

Lavishly illustrated throughout, almost all of the photographs, plans and builders drawings have not been previously published.
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Clucas - 200 Years of Manx Industrial Heritage

Clucas - 200 Years of Manx Industrial Heritage

9.99

This book refers to the many business and political achievements of Arthur William Moore, with his father instrumental in the success during the 19th century of Moore's sailcloth mills, the on-site predecessors of Clucas' Laundry.

William Moore was also instrumental in many initiatives in the Braddan and Douglas areas, especially in the field of sport.He was as Cambridge Blue and excelled at cricket. On his return to the island after university, he founded Cronkbourne Cricket Club for the workers at Tromode. He funded the forming and furnishing of the club and provided the land and the pavillon.
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Stops Along the Manx Electric Railway

Stops Along the Manx Electric Railway

18.95

The Manx Electric Railway is unique. Built at the dawn of the electric era, towards the end of Queen Victora's reign, it still uses its original rolling stock. The line runs for almost 18 miles through spectacular countryside up the east coast of the Isle of Man. Its antique vehicles continue to serve both the local population and visitors as the tramway has done for more than 120 years.

This photographic survey illustrates every stop from Douglas to Ramsey, and shows the surroundings, infrastructure and the trams which call at each. The pictures are the result of the author's long-term interest in the MER and demonstrate that it is a living railway as well as a priceless part of Manx industrial heritage.

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The King's Psychic

The King's Psychic

9.99

This book is the remarkable story about a wealthy doctor who lived at Ballamoar Castle near Ballaugh. He dabbled in the occult and had secretly treated King Edward VIII in the build up to the king’s eventual abdication. The author describes the doctor’s role in those historic events, and how he then went on to influence some in Britain’s High Command in World War Two after he moved to the Isle of Man.


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Three Legs of Man Stainless Steel Oblong Hip Flask

Three Legs of Man Stainless Steel Oblong Hip Flask

20.00

This stainless steel hip flask contains a Three Legs pewter motif on the front face and has been designed especially for Lexicon Bookshop. This item is supplied with a presentation box.
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Celtic Tri-Spirals Sterling Silver Pendant

Celtic Tri-Spirals Sterling Silver Pendant

23.00

Crafted entirely of 925 Sterling Silver, this attractive Cetlic pendant comes complete with a 16" - 18" adjustable sterling silver chain and presented in a black and gold gift box.
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All Round Guide to the Isle of Man

All Round Guide to the Isle of Man

5.95

Published in April 2014, this is now the 7th 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 something for everyone, let this guide share the island's secrets, as well as its visitor attractions and breathtaking natural beauty, to allow you to make the most of your visit
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This Terrible Ordeal - Manx Letters, Diaires and Memories of the Great War

This Terrible Ordeal - Manx Letters, Diaires and Memories of the Great War

15.00

The First World War, a cataclysmic global event, triggered the birth of the modern Isle of Man. With personal testomonies from men, women and children of the time, this book charts how the Island endured the conflict which dragged it politically, socially and constitutionally into the twentiesth century.

The author illuminates untold personal stories of war with letters home from Manx soldiers and sailors, and with the poetry and art produced in reaction to the conflict. He examines the changing role of women, the experiences of those interned on the Island, attitudes to conscientious objectors and concludes by analysing the lasting impact of war in the years which followed.
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Three Legs of Man Pewter Pocket Watch

Three Legs of Man Pewter Pocket Watch

25.00

This quartz movement pewter pocket displaying a Celtic surround and the Three Legs of Man has been designed especially for Lexicon Bookshop. The watch is supplied in a presentation box.
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Three Legs of Man Christmas Decoration

Three Legs of Man Christmas Decoration

9.99

Crafted from finest silver plate especially for the Lexicon Bookshop, this Three Legs Christmas Decoration bears the inscriptions Isle of Man and Nollick Ghennal
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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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Ben-My-Chree VI Mounted Print

Ben-My-Chree VI Mounted Print

35.00

This mounted print depicts the Ben-My-Chree VIs arrival in Douglas for the first time on 6th July 1998 as her predecessor, KIng Orry VI departs for Heysham.

This is the latest in the series of Steam Packet illustrations by this artist and serves as a tribute to the late Captain Vernon Kinley who brought the new Ben from her Dutch builders in Rotterdam and who sadly passed away a few weeks later.

Limited Edition Print of 20 is set into a cream card mount ready for framing.
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New Products

The Railways and Tramways of Laxey

The Railways and Tramways of Laxey

20.00

One hundred and fifty years ago Laxey was home to one of the richest lead mines in Britain. In one year the Great Laxey Mine produced over 11,000 tons of zinc ore, as much as all the other mines in Britain added together! In this book Laxey redident and historian Andrew Scarffe relates the many tramways and railways which were associated with the Great Laxey Mine plus a few that were proposed but never built.

Uniquely in British mining, Great Laxey used two tiny steam locomotives, Ant and Bee, to haul the mined ore from deep underground to the Washing Floors, where the ore was prepared for sale. Both were unfortunately scrapped in the 1930s following the closure of the mine. Seventy years later the Laxey and Lonan Heritage Trust began the restoration of the surface section of the former tramway using replicas of the orginal locomotives. To bring the history of Laxey's tramways fully up to date, the story of the rebirth of the Great Laxey Mine Railway, as it is known, is fully related.

Laxey's harbour facilities were poor and a number of steam railways connecting Douglas with Laxey were proposed. This book also recalls the fascinating and unfulfilled proposals. When a railway was eventually built, somewhat ironically it was to be an electric tramway for tourists and the Great Laxey Mine was ignored. Previously unpublished information describes the construction of the famous Manx Electric Railway.

Lavishly illustrated throughout, almost all of the photographs, plans and builders drawings have not been previously published.
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Isle of Man Short Walks Southern Section

Isle of Man Short Walks Southern Section

4.95

Prepared by the Manx Footpath Conservation Group, this book covers walks across the South of the Isle of Man.. The book is illustrated in full colour with maps and photographs and the routes featured will take you to places on the Island not seen easily by the casual visitor
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Douglas Corporation Buses In Pictures - Centenary Edition

Douglas Corporation Buses In Pictures - Centenary Edition

16.00

Specially commissioned to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Douglas Corporation buses, this volume by well known local historian and author Richard Davis, tells the story of Douglas buses from their inauguration in 1914 up to nationalisation in 1976 and beyond. Using many previously unpublished photographs from both his own collection and others, he tells the story of the Corporation fleet, describing the vehicles on a class by class basis and revealing insights into the often unique and unusual buses that once gave Douglas an enviable reputation as an unparalleled attraction for transport enthusiasts from far and wide.

Born and brought up in Douglas, the author has been involved with buses over many years as a preservationist and vehicle restorer and he shares his fascination with the buses of Douglas and shows why they were once the subject of so much civic pride and affection.

A donation from the sale of this book will be made to the Manx Transport Enthusiasts Association, a local charity established for the purpose of restoring and maintaining a collection of vintage buses on the Isle of Man
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Isle of Man Railways - 140th Anniversary 1874-2014

Isle of Man Railways - 140th Anniversary 1874-2014

14.99

The Isle of Man has a rich transport heritage and once boasted the largest narrow gauge network in Britain with eight railways and tramways.

Founded in 1870 and opened in 1874, the Isle of Man Railway still connects Douglas with the ancient capital of Castletown and Port. This part of the line continues in operation using several of the original steam locomotives and carriages and Gordon Edgar's photography captures this microcosm of former times, with the trains set amid the beautiful Manx countryside. The Isle of Man railways are hugely popular as a tourist attraction. There is a Railway Museum beside the station at Port Erin.


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Isle of Man Hill Walks

Isle of Man Hill Walks

4.95

Prepared by the Manx Footpath Conservation Group, this book covers walks across the Isle of Man, ranging from gentle short walks to more challenging walks for the experienced hiker. The book is illustrated in full colour with maps and photographs and the routes featured will take you to places on the Island not seen easily by the casual visitor
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Afloat - The Mollags

Afloat - The Mollags

13.00

The Mollags are based in Peel and feature a readily identifiable sound largely thanks to the vocal interplay between singer/songwriter/guitarist Greg Joughin and the backing trio of Hillary Gale, who also plays viola, Julie Matthews and Sarah Hewson, who both also add flutes and whistles into the mix. They are backed up by Dave McLean on bass, Caly Roberts on harp, Russell Cowin on djembe, Anglin Buttimore on keyboards and Gordon McKenzie on the drums.

Many of the thirteen songs on Afloat have been staples of The Mollags’ live set for many years now, such as Unwritten Will, formerly titled Sellafield, Arrane Ny Fee or S’liack Lhiam Bine Dy Yough, and will be very familiar to those who follow The Mollags.


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Stops Along the Manx Electric Railway

Stops Along the Manx Electric Railway

18.95

The Manx Electric Railway is unique. Built at the dawn of the electric era, towards the end of Queen Victora's reign, it still uses its original rolling stock. The line runs for almost 18 miles through spectacular countryside up the east coast of the Isle of Man. Its antique vehicles continue to serve both the local population and visitors as the tramway has done for more than 120 years.

This photographic survey illustrates every stop from Douglas to Ramsey, and shows the surroundings, infrastructure and the trams which call at each. The pictures are the result of the author's long-term interest in the MER and demonstrate that it is a living railway as well as a priceless part of Manx industrial heritage.

find out more

Things To Do With Vikings

Things To Do With Vikings

5.95

Three facts you may not know about Vikings: They liked bathing - They kept pet cats - They didn't have horned helmets.

Warriors sailing over mighty seas to conquer new and strange lands - Vikings were very impressive. Yet who were these invaders from the North? Why did they come? What were they like and how did they live? This book helps you try Viking navigation, or Viking knitting, or make Viking feast bread. Grettir's Saga, written by Vikings about their culture says "he knows most who has tried most". This book helps readers try.
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Guy Martin - IOM TT

Guy Martin - IOM TT

17.50

This limited print run high quality book features favourite photographs taken by local photographer Steve Babb of Guy Martin competing at the 2013 Isle of Man TT.

A proportion of the proceeds from the sales of this book will help support the Isle of Man TT Marshals Association.
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Challoo's Birthday

Challoo's Birthday

6.99

Cholloo the lighthouse lives on the rocks at the southern end of the Isle of Man. He guides sailors away from the dangerous coast at night. He has over 16,000 cousins around the world and his famous ancestors include the Great Lighthouse of Alexandria in Egypt, one of the great wonders of the ancient world.

It will soon be Cholloo's birthday and two sailors Alister and Ben arrange a birthday tea with help from Millicent and Elizabeth their fairy friends.

This book is delighfully illustrated in colour throughout.
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Three Legs of Man Round Hip Flask

Three Legs of Man Round  Hip Flask

30.00

This 4.5oz stainless steel round hip flask with the 3 Legs motif has been especially commissioned by the Lexicon. There is a porthole on the reverse of the flask for viewing the fluid level. Comes in presentation.
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Clucas - 200 Years of Manx Industrial Heritage

Clucas - 200 Years of Manx Industrial Heritage

9.99

This book refers to the many business and political achievements of Arthur William Moore, with his father instrumental in the success during the 19th century of Moore's sailcloth mills, the on-site predecessors of Clucas' Laundry.

William Moore was also instrumental in many initiatives in the Braddan and Douglas areas, especially in the field of sport.He was as Cambridge Blue and excelled at cricket. On his return to the island after university, he founded Cronkbourne Cricket Club for the workers at Tromode. He funded the forming and furnishing of the club and provided the land and the pavillon.
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Shutter Speed 2 - More Iconic Mountain Course Images

Shutter Speed 2 - More Iconic Mountain Course Images

20.00

DUE FOR PUBLICATION DURING NOVEMBER 2014 - PRE-ORDERS NOW BEING TAKEN

Following on from the success of "Shutter Speed - the Challenge of Photographing the TT," respected photographer Dave Collister returns with an all new collection of iconic Mountain Course images featuring modern day TT heroes such as John McGuinness, Bruce Anstey, Ian Hutchinson as well as the next generation of superstars such as Michael Dunlop and Josh Brookes. Each image is accompanied by fascinating short narratives from the photographer.
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Isle of Man TT - The Golden Years -1913 - 1939 Volume One

Isle of Man TT - The Golden Years -1913 - 1939 Volume One

16.00

The Isle of Man TT Races have a longer continuous history than any of the world's other great motorsport events. First run in 1907, the Tourist Trophy started out as a test for production motorcycles that would encourage makers to improve performance and reliability. The island's Government was already willing to close public roads for car races, including the RAC's Tourist Trophy.

In 1911 the motrocycle TT moved to the now legendary Mountain Course. At first it followed a cirrcuit already used by cars but in 1920, when TT racing resumed after World War One forced a six year interruption, the present 37.73 mile course was adopted.

The photos in this book, taken from the Keig collection, document a quarter of a century of racing from the early days in 1913 to the last TT before Word War Two in 1939.
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Manx Fairy Christmas Decoration

Manx Fairy Christmas Decoration

9.99

Crafted from finest silver plate especially for the Lexicon Bookshop, this Manx Fairy Christmas Decoration bears the inscriptions Isle of Man and Nollick Ghennal
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