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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

Journey on the Manx Electric Railway

Journey on the Manx Electric Railway

16.95

The word unique has frequently been applied to railways and tramways because of location, gauge or method of propulsion. Amongst these narrow gauge lines is a curious survivor of a bygone age. It cannot be categorised as a street tramway, an interurban or even a country trolley. as it includes elements of such systems, but it carries a stamp and character of its own.

Now successfully operating into its 123rd year of continous operation from Douglas to Laxey and Ramsey, the Manx Electric Railway has fought against the odds of world wars, fire and floods, closure attempts, poor and indecisive management, near poverty and ultimately the severe diminution of its major passenger source - Manx tourism. At the time of writing, the MER can be said though to be facing a far more secure future than for decades.

This fascinatiing book makes use of mostly unseen and previously unpublished images and charts the railway through the years by means of a detailed journey along the line as it weaves its way along the north-east coast of the island.
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John Speed Isle of Man Map (1610) 1000 Piece Jigsaw

John Speed Isle of Man Map (1610) 1000 Piece Jigsaw

15.99

John Speed (1552-1629) is arguably the most famous English cartographer of any period. The individual maps are the best known and among the most sought-after of all county maps. The maps themselves were derived from the best and most up- to-date sources available.

Here is his 1610 interpretation of the Isle of Man Map is presented as a 1000 piece Jigsaw.
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By Whing to Port Soderick - The Story of the Manx Marine Drive

By Whing to Port Soderick - The Story of the Manx Marine Drive

7.50

One of the best kept secrets of the Isle of Man is the road clinging to the cliffs between Douglas and Port Soderick. Offering breathtaking views of the sea and seals, the way is peaceful and remote.

It often comes as quite a shock to learn that what is currently used as a foot and cycle path once played a major part in the Manx tourist industry and history of transport as a whole. The Douglas Southern Electric Tramway opened as a tourist railway before many places even had electricity, never mind tramways or tourists.

Sadly, apart from the walkway itself, little of the tourist bustle now remains. This book however is well illustrated with fascinating images from now and then and provides a glimpse of the fun tourists used to have, and the unique place this remarkable tramway has in transport history.
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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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Manx Fairy Tales

Manx Fairy Tales

16.00

Manx Fairy Tales collected by Sophia Morrison at the beginning of last century, has proved to be one of the most popular and enduring works ever published about the Isle of Man. All the famous characters from Manx mythology appear in this collection: the Buggane of St Trinian's, the Moddey Dhoo of Peel Castle and the wren who, through her cunning and quick thinking, became the King of the Birds.

This edition of the stories has been newly editied by Bob Carswell who has adapted the text to make it accessible to the modern reader, though keeping all the drama and characters of the originals. Also for this edtion, Julian Ashby Smyth has created a rich and colourful illustrations and Charles Guard has produced a specially recorded CD, with original music and sound effects, which brings the 15 key stories to life.
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Visions of Mann Calendar 2016

Visions of Mann Calendar 2016

4.99

Portraying 12 scenes from the beautiful Isle of Man, this calendar runs from January 2016 - December 2016


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Peel Castle Nostalgic Canvas

Peel Castle Nostalgic Canvas

39.99

Reproduction on canvas of a nostalgic British Railways poster advertising the Isle of Man as a holiday destination and depicting Peel Castle

The canvas is strung ready to hang.
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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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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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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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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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New Products

Journey on the Manx Electric Railway

Journey on the Manx Electric Railway

16.95

The word unique has frequently been applied to railways and tramways because of location, gauge or method of propulsion. Amongst these narrow gauge lines is a curious survivor of a bygone age. It cannot be categorised as a street tramway, an interurban or even a country trolley. as it includes elements of such systems, but it carries a stamp and character of its own.

Now successfully operating into its 123rd year of continous operation from Douglas to Laxey and Ramsey, the Manx Electric Railway has fought against the odds of world wars, fire and floods, closure attempts, poor and indecisive management, near poverty and ultimately the severe diminution of its major passenger source - Manx tourism. At the time of writing, the MER can be said though to be facing a far more secure future than for decades.

This fascinatiing book makes use of mostly unseen and previously unpublished images and charts the railway through the years by means of a detailed journey along the line as it weaves its way along the north-east coast of the island.
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Tracks Around the Isle of Man

Tracks Around the Isle of Man

9.99

The Isle Of Man is a haven for train and transport lovers, from the Manx Electric Railway, The Isle Of Man Steam Railway, The Snaefell Mountain Railway to the Douglas Horsedrawn Tram.

But their history goes back a long way, this DVD will show just how much the transport has changed over the years and the different lines that are no longer in existence. Whether or not you are a transport enthusiast, this DVD shows a lot of interesting nostalgic island scenes throughout the years

Sit back and take a journey on the tracks around the Island and look back at the Manx Railways Through The Years.


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Walking on the Isle of Man - 40 Walks Exploring the Island

Walking on the Isle of Man - 40 Walks Exploring the Island

12.95

Forty walks on the coast, fells and inland valleys of the Isle of Man are explored in this guidebook. Most of the walks are short and accessible for walkers of all abilities, however for a greater challenge, many of the routes (between 2 and 22km) can be combined. The Isle of Man offers the walker a wonderfully diverse range of landscapes within a relatively compact island setting, and the routes reflect this diversity - scale the highest point Snaefell (620m), cross wide open moorlands, drift over beaches and climb coastal clifftops. The assortment provides walkers with fantastic trails, along with detail on the wildlife, wild flowers, unique history and points of interest encountered. Alongside detailed route descriptions and OS maps, there is plenty of practical information on getting to and around the Manx Isle and advice on making the most out of any exploration of the Isle of Man
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Isle of Man TT 2015 Official Review

Isle of Man TT 2015 Official Review

16.99

Any of the top ten riders at the 2015 TT were in with a chance of a win in any of the solo classes and there were plenty of quality sidecar crews determined to make an impression on the podium places.

No fans can have left the Isle of Man disappointed with what unfolded . Surely TT 2015 proved to be one of the best meetings of the 21st Century, and maybe of all time? Lap and race records tumbled throughout the week, there were new faces on the podium and some that fans might have thought would never been seen on the top step again.

For once the Isle of Man was blessed with wall-to-wall sunshine for race week and it led to some of the closest racing ever seen on the 37.73 mile public road Mountain Course as heroes of the road like John McGuinness, Ian Hutchinson, Guy Martin and Michael Dunlop got down to business.

All-in-all it was as action-packed as anyone could wish for and throughout it all the cameras were on hand to catch the highlights here on this DVD. With the best bits of all seven solo and both sidecar races, plus lots of the atmosphere away from the races, this is the comprehensive, indispensable Official Review of the Isle of Man TT 2015.


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John Speed Isle of Man Map (1610) 1000 Piece Jigsaw

John Speed Isle of Man Map (1610) 1000 Piece Jigsaw

15.99

John Speed (1552-1629) is arguably the most famous English cartographer of any period. The individual maps are the best known and among the most sought-after of all county maps. The maps themselves were derived from the best and most up- to-date sources available.

Here is his 1610 interpretation of the Isle of Man Map is presented as a 1000 piece Jigsaw.
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Southern 100 - 60 Years of the Friendly Races

Southern 100 - 60 Years of the Friendly Races

19.99

The Southern 100 is a remarkable road race that has always been so much more than the sum of its parts.

Nicknamed the ‘Friendly Races’ for the warm welcome it extends to all who race or watch, for sixty years the Southern 100 has been a firm favourite on the road racing calendar.

Raced on the technical 4.25 mile Billown Course, which has hardly changed since the first races in 1955, greats like Bob McIntyre, John Hartle, Joey Dunlop, Ray McCullough, Brian Reid and Phil McCallen have carved their own pieces of Southern 100 history. Some racers have become almost synonymous with ‘Southern’, in particular Ian Lougher and Chris Palmer, who each became great supporters of the races and in return received plenty of support from the fans.

This DVD has mined a rich vein of nostalgia to bring together a fascinating history of the first sixty years of the Southern 100. Packed with footage and photographs showing some of the most memorable moments from Derek Ennett’s win in the inaugural 350cc event to the great battles between Guy Martin and Michael Dunlop of recent years, this is a superb memento of an historic year for the Southern 100.

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Three Legs of Man Pendant

Three Legs of Man Pendant

23.00

Crafted in the finest 925 Sterling Silver, this attractive 3 Legs Pendant has been especially made for Lexicon Bookshop. It comes with a 16" sterling silver chain and is presented in a red and gold gift box
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Ducati and the Isle of Man TT - Two Legends, One Story

Ducati and the Isle of Man TT - Two Legends, One Story

45.00

Ducati and the Isle of Man TT; two legends certainly, but one story? Yet consider that back in the mid 1970s both Ducati and the TT were thought by many to be living on past glories and unable to survive the rise of the Japanese motorcycle industry and the new found glamour of Grand Prix racing. Despite this Ducati and the TT persevered and, despite both almost disappearing, started growing again largely thanks to the effort of a team convinced that they could win a TT with a Ducati.

This is a glorious Limited Edition of 1000 copies (individualy numbered and signed), large format hardback with many previously unseen and specially commissioned photographs, plus many by renowned photographer Phil Aynsley. Interviews with Steve Wynne and members of his team, together with others who raced or were involved with Ducati and the TT bring many untold stories to life.

This historic reference starts with the surprising facts that the first Isle of Man TT races were for cars, and that Ducati had been in business for over 20 years before they built their first motorcycle. Yet now they are both inextricably associated with motorcycle racing and have built histories that regularly crossed paths, bringing four World Championships to Ducati. This, then, is the history of both these wonderful icons of motorcycling and how their worlds collided. It also tells in full for the first time how Mike Hailwood returned to motorcycle racing in Australia before attempting his TT comeback, along with new insights into the motorcycles he raced and the people he inspired.

The book then builds to a tell of a time when almost nobody, bar a few good men led by Steve Wynne, believed Ducati could rise to the pinnacle of motorsport back in the mid 1970s. The glorious achievements of the Sports Motorcycle team and Mike Hailwood in 1978, and their subsequent frustrating attempt to regain that glory, are the climax of this book that brings fresh perspective and insight into a tale many think they know, despite few appreciating the fascinating truth..

Finally there is a "where are they now" appendix, telling where what happened to the most important bikes and riders, along with a table of Ducati's achievements at the TT.

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TT On-Bike Laps 2015 Volume 2

TT On-Bike Laps 2015 Volume 2

6.99

Experience the rider's eye view of the World's most challenging road racing course during TT 2015.

2015 Sidecar champions Ben and Tom Birchall get you off to a flying start with the fastest onboard lap ever recorded on a sidecar. To follow that you have Bruce Anstey on the Padgett's Honda supersport machine. 126.033mph from a standing start is impressive, but it is especially so when the lap starts with a massive moment at the top of Bray Hill. Gary Johnson had a TT to forget with a host of mechanical troubles afflicting his campaign but here he shows while the machinery works he is more than capable of challenging to win. 128.481mph from a standing start on the Kawasaki is certainly fast! You then jump onboard with Michael Dunlop next and join him on the BMW Superstock machine for the opening lap of the Superstock Race. The eleven times winner shows off the talent that has brought him so many victories and you can watch from two camera angles at once. Finally James Hillier takes the insane Kawasaki Ninja HR2 for a demo lap which includes the fastest top speed ever recorded on the TT Mountain Course at 200mph + on the Sulby straight.
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Three Legs Drop Earrings

Three Legs Drop Earrings

23.00

Crafted in the finest 925 Sterling Silver, these attractive 3 Legs Drop Earrings have been especially made for Lexicon Bookshop and come presented in a red and gold gift box
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TT On-Bike Laps 2015 Volume One

TT On-Bike Laps 2015 Volume One

6.99

Five incredible laps of the TT Course during TT 2015.

Experience the rider's eye view of the World's most challenging road racing course and this volume delivers five of the most exciting laps seen to date.

Guy Martin gets the ball rolling with a rapid quualifying lap on his Tyco BMW and the twice TT winner Cameron Donald flicks his Honda CBR600RR Supersport machine around the circuit. Ian Hutchinson is next up and the Bingley Bullet is super quick on his PBM Kawasaki Superbike. You then join the Ramsey Rocket Conor Cummins for his 128mph lap from a standing starti n the RST Superbike Race. Last but not least, ride with John McGuinness with three different cameras showing the amazing coordination of the TT's leading rider.
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Isle of Man TT - The Photographic History - 100 Years of Images from the World's Greatest Road Race

Isle of Man TT - The Photographic History - 100 Years of Images from the World's Greatest Road  Race

20.00

This is an authoritative illustrated record of the rich history of the world's most famous motorcycle road race series. The Isle of Man TT is the most unique and celebrated series of motorcycle road races in the world. Since 1907, the world's most daring riders have hurtled around the 37-mile, 200-bend Snaefell Mountain Course, displaying levels of skill and bravery that beggar belief. The exploits of the great TT champions such as Joey Dunlop, Mike Hailwood, John Surtees, Giacomo Agostini and John McGuinness are legendary and this exceptional book is the authoritative photographic history of an event that is bigger today than ever.

Featuring over 150 images, each with a special extended caption, this volume illustrates the great riders and their triumphs, race action from the beautiful - but often deadly - circuit and the fanatical crowds that flock to the races each year in their tens of thousands.

Written by acclaimed motorcycling authors Bill Snelling and Michael Scott, and featuring a foreword by Isle of Man TT legend John McGuinness, the book brilliantly captures the spirit, excitement and danger of one of the oldest and most revered events in world motorsport.


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By Whing to Port Soderick - The Story of the Manx Marine Drive

By Whing to Port Soderick - The Story of the Manx Marine Drive

7.50

One of the best kept secrets of the Isle of Man is the road clinging to the cliffs between Douglas and Port Soderick. Offering breathtaking views of the sea and seals, the way is peaceful and remote.

It often comes as quite a shock to learn that what is currently used as a foot and cycle path once played a major part in the Manx tourist industry and history of transport as a whole. The Douglas Southern Electric Tramway opened as a tourist railway before many places even had electricity, never mind tramways or tourists.

Sadly, apart from the walkway itself, little of the tourist bustle now remains. This book however is well illustrated with fascinating images from now and then and provides a glimpse of the fun tourists used to have, and the unique place this remarkable tramway has in transport history.
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Douglas Bay Nostalgic Art Print

Douglas Bay Nostalgic Art Print

6.99

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

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Isle of Man Car Races 1904 - 1953

Isle of Man Car Races 1904 - 1953

35.00

A definitive history of car racing in the Isle of Man. This book has been meticulously researched and tells the story of the Isle of Man's car races from 1904 to 1953. From the pioneering Gordon Bennett trials of 1904 and 1905, racing continued with the "other TT" for cars between 1905 and 1922, the "Round the Houses" races in Douglas and Onchan in the thirties and the seven post-war British Empire Trophy Races.
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