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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

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 The vessel was then withdrawn from service several weeks later for further adjustments before becoming fully operational.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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Steam Packet 190

Steam Packet 190

18.95

***THIS BOOK IS NOT DUE TO BE PUBLISHED UNTIL JULY 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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Coins of the Isle of Man (3rd Edition)

Coins of the Isle of Man (3rd Edition)

29.95

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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Wrendale Two Cats Canvas

Wrendale Two Cats Canvas

15.00

Bespoke print on to canvas for the Lexicon Bookshop
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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.
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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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The Man Who Rode His Bike With His Shirt Off

The Man Who Rode His Bike With His Shirt Off

6.95

A lavishly produced fascinating story about a cyclist called Eddie who rides around the Isle of Man on his bike, visiting places of interest and meeting the local people.

Richly illustrated throughout by local artist Julia Ashby-Smyth, often depicting iconic Manx scencery.
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Frank N Stan's Bucket List #4 - Bride of Frank N Stan

Frank N Stan's Bucket List #4 - Bride of Frank N Stan

12.00

Life rarely stands still when you find yourself surrounded by a bunch of loveable crackpots. Certainly, that was the case for Frank and Stan.

With their hugely successful ‘Le Mans’ TT now behind them, thoughts turned to their next adventure and, inevitably, also to the topic of their own mortality.

Still, the gang had their first Christmas at the TT Farm to look forward to, and the prospect of entering a team for the next Isle of Man TT races as well. So, on the whole, life was pretty darn good — and especially so, now that wedding bells could also be heard chiming in the distance. It seemed nothing could dampen their sprits…

Until, that is, an old cretinous, cravat-wearing acquaintance appears with an offer they simply cannot refuse, so to speak. Well, they could refuse the offer, of course. But doing so could mean losing all they’d worked so very hard to achieve and leaving them at real risk of having everything come crashing down around their ears.

There were certainly strong headwinds facing them, but Team Frank & Stan would never abandon ship and go down without a fight! And, besides, they’d always have Stella on deck, manning the canons!

WE ARE CURRENTLY OUT OF STOCK OF THIS ITEM.
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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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Powering to the Rescue

Powering to the Rescue

21.50

A history of RNLI motor lifeboats.

The story of the motor lifeboat is one of continual development, the implementation of technological advances, improvements in design and construction, and the provision of ever faster and more sophisticated rescue craft to keep the volunteer crews of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution safe as they go about the task of saving lives at sea.

This comprehensive volume provides details of every RNLI motor lifeboat that has seen service in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The individual lifeboat types are described in detail, with the text accompanied by numerous diagrams and line drawings, as well as outstanding and unusual photographs, many of which have never been published before.
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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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The Island Kitchen Volume Two - More Delicious Recipes From the Isle of Man

The Island Kitchen Volume Two - More Delicious Recipes From the Isle of Man

18.95

Following on from the hugely popular first edition, this new Island Kitchen Volume Two brings you more mouth-watering recipes from the Island’s finest establishments. Using the Isle of Man’s world-famous ingredients, you can enjoy creating restaurant-quality meals and pick up tips from the Island’s talented chefs along the way.

New recipes from the island's large restaurants, small intimate cafes, bars and breweries allow you to create the quality meals served in your favourite Isle of Man eateries, all in the comfort of your own home.
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Living With the Sea - The Fascinating History of Port St Mary and its People

Living With the Sea - The Fascinating History of Port St Mary and its People

18.95

If you live by the sea you get to know it as a partner, adapting to its moods, from calm sunny days to furious stormy nights. Throughout its history, the people of Port St Mary - known locally as Purt Le Moirrey - have lived by and with the sea. It has provided them with a living, from fishing to shipbuilding to tourism. Without the sea, the village would not exist. The sea in question is the Irish Sea, in which the Isle of Man sits at the centre. From Port St Mary, you can look across to England and Wales, and from its neighbouring twin, Port Erin, you can see the Mountains of Mourne in Northern Ireland.

This book, written by a team of ten volunteer authors who love Port St Mary, trace its fascinating history from 1829, when it depended entirely on fishing and farming, to 1979, the Millennium Year when the Isle of Man celebrated one thousand years of continuing independent government, the oldest in the world.

This is the story of a port and its people, from school teachers to shopkeepers, from boarding house owners to World War II German internees, from nurses to those who travelled the world by sea. It begins at a time when few people owned land and transport was primitive; moves on to the great days of herring fishing, with a 100+ strong fleet, the harbours bustling with fisher folk, gutter girls, kipper curers and ship builders; and through to the development of tourism and its glory days spanning the 1920s to the 1960s.

It’s a story which has universal significance, demonstrating how independent-minded people in a small place lived with the sea, made a living from it, and rode its changing moods.
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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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Coins of the Isle of Man (3rd Edition)

Coins of the Isle of Man (3rd Edition)

29.95

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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Ramsey Swing Bridge 1000 Piece Jigsaw

Ramsey Swing Bridge 1000 Piece Jigsaw

19.99

Not suitable for children under 36 months.
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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.

WE ARE SORRY, WE ARE CURRENTLY OUT OF STOCK OF THIS ITEM.
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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

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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