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Welcome To:

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.

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Best Selling Items

Tomato Cain

Tomato Cain

10.00

This is a bilingual edition of Tomato Cain and seven other stories that were orginally published in 1949 and are specifically Isle of man based. They cover rural life in the island at the end of the 19th century and are the sort of tales the author would have heard from his grandparents whilst growing up about scandal, skeet and the bittersweet comedy of everyday life.

The Manx translation has been produced by Dr Brian Stowell in conjunction with Culture Vannin and the Isle of Man Arts Council to mark the celebrations of Island of Culture 2014.
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Isle of Man in the Great War

Isle of Man in the Great War

9.99

In August 1914, the Isle of Man was in the middle of a very successful summer season. The tourist industry was crucial to the island, but suddenly holiday-makers left and the Steam Packet vessels that normally brought them were requisitioned. The future was uncertain for those who relied on the season and their pleas for assistance were ignored. For some, the cost of living became impossibly high and without the welfare measures that had been brought about in Britain, many faced destitution. Others however, particularly farmers and those involved with the internment camps, would find war very profitable. The divisions between rich and poor grew creating much social disaffection and a bitter battle for reform was fought. As arguments raged over conscription, taxation, the economy and the housing of enemy aliens, the personalities of the period came to prominence. The unprecedented scenes of direct action and several dramatic court cases are brought to life in this account of how the island began its path to progress.

The Isle of Man played an important role in World War One, supplying troops and vessels and running special camps for the internment of enemy. 8,261 men enlisted in the armed forces, which was 82.3% of the Isle of Man's male population of military age. Of these, 1,165 gave their lives and 987 were wounded.

The experience of war significantly impacted on the Island, from the initial enthusiasm for sorting out the German Kaiser in time for Christmas 1914, to the gradual realization of the enormity of human sacrifice the families of the Isle were committed to as the war stretched out over the next four years.
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IOM Steam Packet Timetable Nostalgic Canvas

IOM Steam Packet Timetable Nostalgic Canvas

39.99

Reproduction on canvas of a nostalgic LMS (London, Midland and Scottish Railways) poster advertising the Isle of Man as a holiday destination and depicting a 1939 time table and image of the Lady of Mann

The canvas is strung ready to hang.
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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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Narrow Gauge Lines of the British Isles

Narrow Gauge Lines of the British Isles

25.00

Although standard gauge railways came to dominate the railways of Britain and Ireland, there was also a considerable number of narrow gauge lines constructed throughout the British Isles. Whilst many of these were built almost exclusively for industrial purposes and never saw regular passenger service, a significant number from the Cambeltown & Machrihanish on the Mull of Kintyre, to the Southwold on the Suffolk Coast and the Lynton & Barnstaple in North Devon, carried regular passenger services. Within the British Isles, three areas - Wales, the Isle of Man and Ireland - had the greatest concentration of narrow gauge lines and it was in these areas that the lines survived the longest.

This new book looks in detail at the narrow gauge lines across the British Isles and includes 10 pages about the Isle of Man's railways. Illustrated with a comprehensive selection of both colour and mono photographs, the latter because a number of the lines featured had closed before the arrival of colour photography. Informative and extended captions illuminate the illustrations and provide a brilliant history of these interesting lines.


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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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Those Were the Days Volume 3 - More Collected Images from the Isle of Man's Past

Those Were the Days Volume 3 - More Collected Images from the Isle of Man's Past

16.95

The third book in the series from local historian Richard Davis. After the success of the first two volumes this book follows on with more photographs from the Keig collection and other sources from around the island. A great book to reminisce of places and times that have changed beyond recognition-like the front cover, or are still recognisable through the scenery or careful modernisation of the buildings.


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Spectator's Guide to the Big 3 Road Races

Spectator's Guide to the Big 3 Road Races

4.95

Your complete guide to all the thrills and action of the big three Manx Races - TT, Southern 100 and Festival of Motorcycling. Where to find the best views, where to park, how to get around, hints and tips for video and photography, canpsites and bunkhouses. Safety, entertainment, WiFi hotspots and motorcycle repair shops, what to do when it's raining and a brief but comprehensive history of racing on the Isle of Man. In short, everything you could possibly need to know all in one handy pocket-sized volume.

Text in four languages: Engish, German, French and Spanish
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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 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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Laxey - Home to the World's Largest Working Waterwheel

Laxey - Home to the World's Largest Working Waterwheel

16.95

Laxey or Laksaa in Manx, is a village on the east coast of the Isle of Man. Its name has been derived from the Old Norse Laxa meaning 'Salmon River'. Local historian Andrew Scarffe has researched this publication and gives the reader a wonderful insight to Laxey in the bygone years. The author has written a brief history of the village and its surrounding districts, together with an overview of the popular historical sights which are now visited by thousands of people a year, accumulating this together with a wealth photographs and captions.


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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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New Products

Three Legs Good - The Story Behind the Manx Triskelion

Three Legs Good - The Story Behind the Manx Triskelion

4.95

Eye-catching, attractive and extremely unusual, the Three Legs of Man are proudly displayed all over the Isle of Man. Appearing on flags and buildings, painted on boats, reproduced in stained glass, carved in wood and cut out of metal, the three legs run in all sorts of shapes, sizes and colours. But where do they come from? What's the story behind them? Which way should they be running? This book, fully illustrated in colour, provides the answers to these frequently asked questions.
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Douglas Bay Nostalgic Canvas

Douglas Bay Nostalgic Canvas

39.99

Reproduction on canvas of a nostalgic LMS (London, Midland and Scottish Railways) poster advertising the Isle of Man as a holiday destination and depicting Douglas Bay

The canvas is strung ready to hang.
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Narrow Gauge Lines of the British Isles

Narrow Gauge Lines of the British Isles

25.00

Although standard gauge railways came to dominate the railways of Britain and Ireland, there was also a considerable number of narrow gauge lines constructed throughout the British Isles. Whilst many of these were built almost exclusively for industrial purposes and never saw regular passenger service, a significant number from the Cambeltown & Machrihanish on the Mull of Kintyre, to the Southwold on the Suffolk Coast and the Lynton & Barnstaple in North Devon, carried regular passenger services. Within the British Isles, three areas - Wales, the Isle of Man and Ireland - had the greatest concentration of narrow gauge lines and it was in these areas that the lines survived the longest.

This new book looks in detail at the narrow gauge lines across the British Isles and includes 10 pages about the Isle of Man's railways. Illustrated with a comprehensive selection of both colour and mono photographs, the latter because a number of the lines featured had closed before the arrival of colour photography. Informative and extended captions illuminate the illustrations and provide a brilliant history of these interesting lines.


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Isle of Man Paper Money

Isle of Man Paper Money

24.00

This is a comprehensive and definitive guide to the Isle of Man's Paper Money between 1788 and the present day. It contains full colour illustrations throughout and would be well suited for both novice and expereinced collectors.
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Mervyn Robinson Mounted Print

Mervyn Robinson Mounted Print

25.00

Limited edition print produced for the National Motorcycle Museum of just 100 by artist Stephen Doig. Double mounted with a thin black bordering mount and surrounded by the white main mount.
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Tomato Cain

Tomato Cain

10.00

This is a bilingual edition of Tomato Cain and seven other stories that were orginally published in 1949 and are specifically Isle of man based. They cover rural life in the island at the end of the 19th century and are the sort of tales the author would have heard from his grandparents whilst growing up about scandal, skeet and the bittersweet comedy of everyday life.

The Manx translation has been produced by Dr Brian Stowell in conjunction with Culture Vannin and the Isle of Man Arts Council to mark the celebrations of Island of Culture 2014.
find out more

Laxey - Home to the World's Largest Working Waterwheel

Laxey - Home to the World's Largest Working Waterwheel

16.95

Laxey or Laksaa in Manx, is a village on the east coast of the Isle of Man. Its name has been derived from the Old Norse Laxa meaning 'Salmon River'. Local historian Andrew Scarffe has researched this publication and gives the reader a wonderful insight to Laxey in the bygone years. The author has written a brief history of the village and its surrounding districts, together with an overview of the popular historical sights which are now visited by thousands of people a year, accumulating this together with a wealth photographs and captions.


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Knockaloe Internment Camp - 100 Years of History

Knockaloe Internment Camp - 100 Years of History

16.00

Originally built in 1914 to accommodate 5,000 aliens and a guard of at least 500, then an additional 5,000 interns in May 1915 (and further additions as the war continued), Knockaloe eventually grew to a size holding approximately 23,000 internees. The inmates of the camp proved eternally creative and a record of some of their achievements is presented in this volume. Along with photographs and artwork ranging from painting to printed postcards and other craft items, this book illuminates the history of Knockaloe Internment Camp using examples from the unique collection of Stephen Hall.
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The Midwood Collection

The Midwood Collection

16.95

This collection of pictures draws on the outstanding photographers of the Midwood family that were based in Ramsey at the turn of 19th & 20th century. Many iconic pictures never published are included in the book. The publication includes an overview of the Midwood family and over a hundred images of Ramsey and the North of the Island, complimented by historical captions
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Those Were the Days Volume 3 - More Collected Images from the Isle of Man's Past

Those Were the Days Volume 3 - More Collected Images from the Isle of Man's Past

16.95

The third book in the series from local historian Richard Davis. After the success of the first two volumes this book follows on with more photographs from the Keig collection and other sources from around the island. A great book to reminisce of places and times that have changed beyond recognition-like the front cover, or are still recognisable through the scenery or careful modernisation of the buildings.


find out more

Shutter Speed 2 - Fearless Isle of Man Road Racers Captured on Camera "

Shutter Speed 2 - Fearless Isle of Man Road Racers Captured on Camera

18.50

Motorcycling racing on the Isle of Man offers great opportunities to creative photographers. Racing immensely powerful machines on the world famous TT Mountain Course and the less well-known shorter Billown circuit, presents a breathtaking spectacle for today's sophisticated cameras to capture. Isle of Man based Dave Collister is a photographer who succeeds in making the most of the opportunities. His stunning racing images bear the mark of his creativity, original thinking and tanacious planning. This book second in the Shutterspeed series, contains a selection of Collister's work over recent years, complemented in many cases by inside information he gleamed from his subjects, the daring heroes of real road racing.


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P50 - Peel Engineering's Extraordinary Legacy

P50 -  Peel Engineering's Extraordinary Legacy

16.00

All the way from inception to its modern legacy, the author explores the many inventions of Peel Engineering and celebrates the ingenuity of one of its prominent inventors: Cyril Cannell. The P50, the world's smallest production car. is only one of the many designs that have made Peel Engineering's story so extraordinary. This book looks at the development of ideas and inventions, such as bike fairings, Cannell's patented monorail, and Peel Engineering's innovative use of fibreglass, Readers will also discover some first- hand accounts of Peel P50 and Trident owners' adventures in these wonderful cars.


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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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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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