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Welcome To:

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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Steam Packet 190

Steam Packet 190

18.95

***THIS BOOK IS NOT DUE TO BE PUBLISHED UNTIL MID-OCTOBER 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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Spectacular Isle of Man - As Free As the Sweet Mountain Air

Spectacular Isle of Man - As Free As the Sweet Mountain Air

18.00

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

Craig Goffin is a licensed drone pilot and photographer living and working in the Isle of Man. His stunning, colourful images will take you on a journey through our beautiful land. Lush green meadows, forests and glens, where trees look like fireworks when viewed from above, and the blue waters of Man highlight the versatility of drone photography. See our spectacular ancient landscapes, modern townscapes and the rugged azure coastline. The Isle of Man really is a sparkling gem in the Irish Sea.
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Spectacular Isle of Man as detailed above and get a free Visions of Mann 2021 Calendar

Spectacular Isle of Man as detailed above and get a free Visions of Mann 2021 Calendar

18.00

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

Buy this spectacular book and get a free Visions of Mann 2021 Calendar worth £5.99. Just pay the difference in postage £1.59 (IOM & UK). All other destinations postal costs will vary

*** Please note that the images in the calendar are not in the book or taken by Craig Goffin (Isle of Man by Drone)***
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Mona's Queen 5 Mounted Print

Mona's Queen 5 Mounted Print

35.00

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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Visitors' Historic Britain: The Isle of Man - Stone Age to Swinging Sixties

Visitors' Historic Britain: The Isle of Man - Stone Age to Swinging Sixties

14.99

The Isle of Man is one of the richest historic landscapes in Europe. Packed into its 225 square miles are dramatic stories of Bronze Age conflict, Viking warriors, Medieval kings, smugglers, maritime and railway history, wartime airfields and even a pirate radio station. Add to that the Island's unique motorsport heritage (on two, three and four wheels), and you have a combination unrivalled anywhere in the British Isles.

Whatever your passion, or whichever historical period appeals to you, the Isle of Man will have something fascinating to offer. Filled with illustrations, and using first-hand accounts to enhance the narrative, this book takes the reader on a chronological journey through the island's history, before offering a series of guided tours which pick up the highlights of each district.

From Bronze Age hill forts, to Medieval castles. From heritage railways, to historic quaysides. From award-winning museums, to country mansions, the Isle of Man has it all. Let this book be your guide to historic Britain's best-kept secret, as you explore a place untouched by the hectic pace of 21st century life, where heritage is, quite literally, to be found around every corner.
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Under the Maltese Cross - A Personal Story of the Ramsey Steam Ship Company

Under the Maltese Cross - A Personal Story of the Ramsey Steam Ship Company

9.99

Formed in 1913 and based in the Isle of Man, the Ramsey Steam Ship Company had a long and illustrious history operating relatively small coastal vessels until its sad demise shortly after reaching its centenary in 2013. The names of all the ships owned by the company were prefixed with 'Ben' meaning girl, woman or lady in Manx Gaelic and they became known affectionately as the 'Ben-boats'.

In this book, drawing on his wealth of previously unpublished photographs, the author tells a personal story of not only its history , but his own unique involvement and association with this fine company, and of many of the conscientious, dedicated, loyal and professional people, afloat and ashore, who served in it, during a period of many changes in Manx shipping.
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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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Striving For Success - The Story of St. George's AFC 1919 -2019

Striving For Success - The Story of St. George's AFC 1919 -2019

14.99

From humble beginnings to establishing themselves as the most successful Douglas team trophy wise in the history of Manx football, St George's have been on a long and patient journey. This book not only recounts the glory days when the Geordies fielded a team that was the envy of all island clubs but also the times when honours were few and far between. To achieve what the club has done in its first 100 years has taken many hours of hard work and dedication both on and off the field with many unsung heroes.

Having researched the details of the club's centenary, the authors have produced a portrayal of the first 100 years in both an entertaining and enlightening account.
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Official Isle of Man Peter Pan 50p Coin Collector's Set, 2020

Official Isle of Man Peter Pan 50p Coin Collector's Set, 2020

22.00

For the year of 2020, 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 & Peter Pan
Tinker Bell
The Jolly Roger
Mr Smee
The Mermaids
Peter Pan

Coin Specifications:

Country of Issue: Isle of Man
Diameter: 27.3mm
Weight: 8g
Metal: Cupro-Nickel
Finish: Circulating
Denomination: 50p


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Visions of Mann A4 Calendar 2021

Visions of Mann A4 Calendar 2021

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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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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Isle of Man TT Calendar 2021

Isle of Man TT Calendar 2021

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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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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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, 2020

Official Isle of Man Peter Pan 50p Coin Collector's Set, 2020

22.00

For the year of 2020, 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 & Peter Pan
Tinker Bell
The Jolly Roger
Mr Smee
The Mermaids
Peter Pan

Coin Specifications:

Country of Issue: Isle of Man
Diameter: 27.3mm
Weight: 8g
Metal: Cupro-Nickel
Finish: Circulating
Denomination: 50p


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Under the Maltese Cross - A Personal Story of the Ramsey Steam Ship Company

Under the Maltese Cross - A Personal Story of the Ramsey Steam Ship Company

9.99

Formed in 1913 and based in the Isle of Man, the Ramsey Steam Ship Company had a long and illustrious history operating relatively small coastal vessels until its sad demise shortly after reaching its centenary in 2013. The names of all the ships owned by the company were prefixed with 'Ben' meaning girl, woman or lady in Manx Gaelic and they became known affectionately as the 'Ben-boats'.

In this book, drawing on his wealth of previously unpublished photographs, the author tells a personal story of not only its history , but his own unique involvement and association with this fine company, and of many of the conscientious, dedicated, loyal and professional people, afloat and ashore, who served in it, during a period of many changes in Manx shipping.
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Isle of Man Railways Calendar 2021

Isle of Man Railways Calendar 2021

6.00

Illustrated in this calendar, the Isle of Man's rail and tramways have a character all of their own
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Visions of Mann A4 Calendar 2021

Visions of Mann A4 Calendar 2021

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 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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Isle of Man TT Calendar 2021

Isle of Man TT Calendar 2021

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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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 Brown Cow Canvas

Wrendale Brown Cow Canvas

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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Guard Duck Water Bottle

Guard Duck Water Bottle

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