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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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New Products

Steam Packet 190

Steam Packet 190

18.95

***THIS BOOK IS NOT DUE TO BE PUBLISHED UNTIL SEPTEMBER 2020: BACK ORDERS NOW BEING TAKEN***

The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company is the oldest continually operating passenger shipping company in the world, having began operations in 1830. Today the company carries some 600,000 passengers annually, 170,000 cars and is the Island’s lifeline for freight.

This book includes a history of the company year by year, including the takeover over of the operation by the Isle of Man Government in 2019. The book includes a wealth of new photography since the last edition in 2005.
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Snaefell - A Mountain and a Railway

Snaefell - A Mountain and a Railway

14.99

The Snaefell Mountain Railway was the first mountain railway in the British Isles. Opened in August 1895, it was built in only eight months by pioneering Victorian engineers at a time when electric traction was in its infancy.Today, the Victorian tramcars still climb to Snaefell’s summit, 2036 feet above sea level, where the mountain scenery and views are unrivalled.

This book tells the story of the Snaefell Mountain Railway and also of the mountain itself. It recalls the history of the railway, from the first attempts to build a steam railway to the summit through to the present day. The rich social history of the mountain, mining, folklore and wildlife is also described.

Illustrated throughout with colour and black and white photographs, many of which have not previously been published.
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Isle of Man Coast, Countryside and Churches

Isle of Man Coast, Countryside and Churches

9.95

This book is for those who want to experience the great wealth of countryside and coastal walks but with the added benefit of visiting interesting and historic churches and chapels, some dating back over hundreds or thousands of years.

The 22 walks described here with detailed maps will take you through the many different landscapes of the Island - valleys, glens, open moorland, idyllic rural landscapes, craggy cliffs and sandy beaches. It includes walks exploring the heritage of our principal towns. The walks vary from 2 to 11 miles and are easily accessible by car or bus.

If you are looking to explore the Isle of Man and see some wonderful and unique churches and chapels that tell stories about its history and social development this book is for you.
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Teach Your Cat Manx

Teach Your Cat Manx

5.99

The author of an unusual new handy pocket-sized book is hoping to use humour to inspire people to learn and use a few simple bits of Manx. Unlike many traditional phrasebooks, Teach Your Cat Manx shows that learning useful expressions doesn't have to be boring or daunting, and makes picking up a few basics accessible to everyone.

Every phrase is shown in both Manx and English, accompanied by appealing 1950s-style retro illustrations as well as help with the Manx pronunciation. There are over 60 expressions to practise from Mie lhiat nuiddragh? ('Do you want a cuddle?') to Vel oo kiart dy liooar? ('Are you OK?') to C'red t'ayd? ('What have you got?').

This is an excellent and really fun introduction to learning Manx for all ages.
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Coins of the Isle of Man (3rd Edition)

Coins of the Isle of Man (3rd Edition)

29.95

***DUE TO THE WEIGHT AND SIZE OF THIS ITEM, PLEASE CONTACT US FOR A POSTAGE QUOTE***

This 3rd edition makes compelling reading and is a most useful reference work for anyone with the slightest interest in the coins of the Isle of Man.

The publication contains a comprehensive history of coins used in the Isle of Man and is a definitive study of the Manx decimal coins that have been in circulation since 1971.

Nearly everyone handles money on most days of the year, but how many people really look at the coins in their change? The variety of coins circulating in the Isle of Man is quite surprising. A recent survey has shown that British coins, with their all too familiar designs, make up a high proportion of the coins given in change. By contrast, the Island's coins reveal many diverse aspects of Manx life, history and culture.

The author, Mike Southall, acquired his interest in coins of the Isle of Man when the new decimal series were issued in 1971. This reference work has taken many years to compile and lists all known types of decimal coins that have been issued by the Isle of Man Treasury since decimalisation. Adding further interest, the die marks, mint marks, provenance marks etc found on the 1979 - 2016 Manx decimal coins are also included. Also, there is a section listing the non-circulating precious metal and bullion coins.

The history of coins used in the Isle of Man is narrated in other sections of the book. Fascinating aspects, including many Viking hoards to mishmash of coins and tokens used in the 17th century are well documented.
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Once a Manxman - the Story of My Father, Godfrey Cretney

Once a Manxman - the Story of My Father, Godfrey Cretney

9.95

For his pioneering work in comprehensive education, Godfrey Cretney was the first state school head teacher in England to be knighted. This mission had begun in the Isle of Man, when he was the first head of Castle Rushen School.

Born in Douglas, one of a large family, Godfrey was eighteen when he first left the island, but (as the saying goes) the island never left him. This book recalls his life and personality, and celebrates the island he loved.
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Laxey Wheel, Lady Isabella 1000 Piece Jigsaw

Laxey Wheel, Lady Isabella 1000 Piece Jigsaw

19.99

Not suitable for children under 36 months.


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Guard Duck Water Bottle

Guard Duck Water Bottle

Mona's Queen 5 Mounted Print

Mona's Queen 5 Mounted Print

35.00

******COMING SOON, PRE-ORDERS AND ENQUIRIES NOW BEING TAKEN****


The Mona's Queen was built for the IOMSPC by Ailsa Shipbuilding Company in Troon, Scotland and launched on 21st December 1971. She made her maiden voyage on 9th June 1972. The vessel was then withdrawn from service several weeks later for further adjustments before becoming fully operational.

She principally worked the Liverpool to Douglas sailings and continued on the winter services between 1972 and 1984 with "Manx Maid"2 ,"Ben-my-Chree V",and latterly her "new sister "Lady of Mann 2". She also played her part in introducing new car ferry services such as to Dublin in 1974.

1990 was to be her final year in service but before she completed her season she rendezvoused with the Cunard liner "Queen Elizabeth 2" in Liverpool and carried islanders specially to witness the liner during Cunard's 150th Anniversary. Prior to returning to the Island she did a complete circular sail past of the liner which was anchored mid river.

Her final voyage was 3rd September 1990 and after which she was laid up in Liverpool prior to being sold to Philippine buyers in December 1995 and being renamed "Mary the Queen".



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Visions of Mann A4 Calendar 2021

Visions of Mann A4 Calendar 2021

Wrendale A5 Dairy 2021

Wrendale A5 Dairy 2021

12.00

Filled with beautiful illustrations, this gorgeous diary is illustrated throughout with a page per day to keep all plans and lists organised all year round. There are also special pages for notes and sketches, and a sew and grow section,

Includes lots of new designs and a colourful and fresh look
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Cross Purposes - An Introduction to Mediaeval Manx Crosses

Cross Purposes - An Introduction to Mediaeval Manx Crosses

5.95

For centuries the Manx stone crosses stood majestically braving the weather and changing fashions. Often they were the most striking man-made features in the Manx landscape. Today most of the old crosses have been given sheltered accommodation in their old age. Yet they still have stories to tell, these Christian symbols which carry the sagas and language of pagan Viking invaders. But who raised them and why? How were they carved? Where did the stone come from? What do they mean? Do other Celtic nations have similar memorials?

This book explores the stories behind these enigmas of the Manx landscape.
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Port Erin Past and Present

Port Erin Past and Present

13.95

When holidaymakers discovered the Isle of Man, Port Erin became a favourite place to visit. Hotels were built and life started to revolve around the needs of its visitors. The old photographs in this book are drawn from the postcards such visitors sent home. Now the town is re-inventing itself again. Gone are most of the Victorian hotels, with their ballrooms, live entertainment and seaside competitions. Bathing machines have been turned into garden sheds and donkeys no longer trot along the sand.
This book reminds us of the dramatic changes which have taken place in this seaside town.
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Lighting the Manx Coast

Lighting the Manx Coast

18.00

There is no more a place that is so hostile to mariners than the south-east coast of the Isle of Man, where the pitiful wind howls and the tide runs at six miles per hour. Many a sorrowful story is told of vessels tossed by the wild waves upon the cruel, sharp-edged rocks of Langness. Here at the Island’s southernmost point the cruel sea has taken countless men to a watery graves.

This book is mixed with bravery and with sorrow; the publication covers many of the main ship disasters of this wild coast, the construction of Langness lighthouse and the various lighthouses built on the Calf of Mann and the new Chicken Rock lighthouse. It is a story also of how a vigorously hard-fought twenty-year campaign by the inhabitants of Castletown, its High Bailiff and agent for the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, led to improved lighting on the Isle of Man’s most dangerous shore.
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Best Selling Items

Official Isle of Man Peter Pan 50p Coin Collector's Set, 2019

Official Isle of Man Peter Pan 50p Coin Collector's Set, 2019

22.00

For the year of 2019, Tower Mint Ltd on behalf of the Isle of Man Government has issued a Peter Pan 50p Coin Collection presented in an official Isle of Man Government / Tower Mint collector's folder. Each of the six 50p denominations in the set depicts a Peter Pan character along with a quote classic quote.

The featured characters on the coins are as follows:

Tinker Bell
Captain Hook
Peter Pan
The Darling Children
The Crocodile
Wendy Moira Angela Darling

Coin Specifications:

Country of Issue: Isle of Man
Diameter: 27.3mm
Weight: 8g
Metal: Cupro-Nickel
Finish: Circulating


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Ramsey Swing Bridge 1000 Piece Jigsaw

Ramsey Swing Bridge 1000 Piece Jigsaw

19.99

Not suitable for children under 36 months.

WE ARE SORRY, WE ARE CURRENTLY OUT OF STOCK OF THIS JIGSAW.
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Port Erin Past and Present

Port Erin Past and Present

13.95

When holidaymakers discovered the Isle of Man, Port Erin became a favourite place to visit. Hotels were built and life started to revolve around the needs of its visitors. The old photographs in this book are drawn from the postcards such visitors sent home. Now the town is re-inventing itself again. Gone are most of the Victorian hotels, with their ballrooms, live entertainment and seaside competitions. Bathing machines have been turned into garden sheds and donkeys no longer trot along the sand.
This book reminds us of the dramatic changes which have taken place in this seaside town.
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Wrendale Highland Cow with Flowers Canvas

Wrendale Highland Cow with Flowers Canvas

Port St Mary 1000 Piece Jigsaw

Port St Mary 1000 Piece Jigsaw

19.99

Not suitable for children under 36 months.
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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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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

16.95

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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Laxey Wheel, Lady Isabella 1000 Piece Jigsaw

Laxey Wheel, Lady Isabella 1000 Piece Jigsaw

19.99

Not suitable for children under 36 months.


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Manx Folk Tales

Manx Folk Tales

9.99

These lively and entertaining folk tales are vividly retold by professional storyteller Fiona Angwin. Their origins lost in the oral tradition, these thirty stories from the Isle of Man reflect the wisdom (and eccentricities) of the Island and its people. Discover why the Manx cat has no tail and what makes the Loaghtan sheep so unusual. Read about the Black Dog of Peel , Jack the Giant Killer, the Buggane of St Trinians, fairy folk and the phynodderee. These enchanting tales will appeal to modern readers and storytellers, young and old alike, both on the Isle of Man and further afield,
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Official Isle of Man 2019 Currency Coin Collection

Official Isle of Man 2019 Currency Coin Collection

29.95

For the year of 2019, Tower Mint Ltd on behalf of the Isle of Man Government has issued a new collection of circulating coins.

These designs offer a modern and up to date style whilst focusing on Manx and Isle of Man related landmarks, themes and traditions.

The currency designs have been completed on the following denominations; Five Pence, Ten Pence, Twenty Pence, Fifty Pence, One Pound, Two Pounds and Five Pounds.
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Ghosts, Bugganes and Fairy Pigs - Karl Roeder's Manx Notes & Queries

Ghosts, Bugganes and Fairy Pigs -  Karl Roeder's Manx Notes & Queries

12.00

This book offers one of the richest sources of traditional tales from the Isle of Man, including fairies, bugganes, ghosts, giants, witches and so much more.

Collected over a hundred years ago by Karl Roeder, it is reprinted here for the first time since 1904 and now includes exciting additional material.
Stories include the origins of Hunt the Wren, the murdered witch of Slieu Whallian, and perhaps the Isle of Man's oldest UFO sighting.

The book is one of the richest sources of traditional tales from the Isle of Man, much of which was gathered from Edward Faragher - 'Ned Beg Hom Ruy' - the legendary poet of Cregneash.

As well as folklore, it contains fascinating pieces on history, language, literature and other things of Manx interest, as well as some more theoretical discussions of Manx matters unmatched then or since.

All of it has been faithfully transcribed and introduced by Stephen Miller, whose knowledge of the material is second to none.
Anyone interested in the Isle of Man will find this book enormously fascinating and endlessly rewarding.

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Isle of Man Summits - Easy Walking of 28 Summits Over 1,000 Feet.

Isle of Man Summits - Easy Walking of 28 Summits Over 1,000 Feet.

4.95

This book describes the easy walking routes to all the accessible summits (28 of them) over 1,000 feet on the Isle of Man. By using the book, you will be rewarded with breath-taking views over tens of miles and you will be treading routes that few others take, even though they are readily reached by a short journey from a nearby road.
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Cross Purposes - An Introduction to Mediaeval Manx Crosses

Cross Purposes - An Introduction to Mediaeval Manx Crosses

5.95

For centuries the Manx stone crosses stood majestically braving the weather and changing fashions. Often they were the most striking man-made features in the Manx landscape. Today most of the old crosses have been given sheltered accommodation in their old age. Yet they still have stories to tell, these Christian symbols which carry the sagas and language of pagan Viking invaders. But who raised them and why? How were they carved? Where did the stone come from? What do they mean? Do other Celtic nations have similar memorials?

This book explores the stories behind these enigmas of the Manx landscape.
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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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Isle of Man Outdoor Map

Isle of Man Outdoor Map

7.00

***SORRY, THIS MAP IS CURRENTLY OUT OF STOCK***

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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