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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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Ferries and Pleasure Steamers of the British Isles

Ferries and Pleasure Steamers of the British Isles

25.00

This book takes a nostalgic look at many of the favourite ferries and pleasure steamers which have plied the rivers, lakes and seas all around Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man, Wales, the Irish Republic, the Scillies, the Channel Islands, and England. It comprises around 260 photographs taken over the last eighty years, most never previously published, accompanied by detailed and informative captions. This round Britain trip ends with ‘Cruising BR Style’, showing views of railway-owned ferries in distant cruise ports and in the far north, well above the Arctic Circle, where in years gone by British Railways used to operate popular trips. There are biographies of those photographers who have now passed away, and a complete index.

Local author Richard Danielson, a well-published maritime writer and historian, has selected some of the best and most interesting images from his collection, which includes slides and negatives taken by some of the leading maritime photographers of the age. From the largest ferries of the era to some of the smallest trip boats, all much-loved and fondly remembered, this book will help to keep alive those happy memories of local trips and excursions to sea, reminding us of those photographers who ventured out in all weathers to leave us with this splendid pictorial legacy.
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M is for Manx Cat! An Isle of Man ABC

M is for Manx Cat! An Isle of Man ABC

7.99

This book is an informative, interactive and wonderfully illustrated celebration of Our Island and will appeal to young children, early readers and Isle of Man enthusiasts from near and far away.

Each letter of the alphabet is represented by a colourful, digital illustration of an Isle of Man icon, a rhyming couplet and a Manx translation and pronunciation.

The book also features:
A full page of Manx Gaelic translations and pronunciations, provided by Culture Vannin (with sound files of these to listen to at www.isleofmanabc.com)
Four Manx Songs (the Manx National Anthem, The Laxey Wheel Song, Ramsey Town and Hunt the Wren)
Two pages of interesting facts about the Isle of Man
Lots of Three Legs of Man to count!


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Power, Poles and Platelaying: Keeping the MER on Track

Power, Poles and Platelaying: Keeping the MER on Track

19.95

The Manx Electric and Snaefell Mountain Railways are famed for being pioneering ventures in electric traction in the British Isles. Over the years their fleets of historic trams have continued in service with relatively few apparent changes.

The infrastructure which supports their operation is a very different matter. Developing technology, modern techniques, and changing attitudes to the working environment have all affected the operation and maintenance of the heritage railways. The Victorian and Edwardian tramcars have changed little in appearance, but are now supported by twenty-first century railway practices.

This book examines the civil,structural and electrical engineering needed to support the railways. It covers the railway as originally constructed, major upgrades and continuing maintenance, and includes some of the details of the changing circumstances and regulations in which these well-loved railways continue to operate.
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Visions of Mann A4 Calendar 2020

Visions of Mann A4 Calendar 2020

5.99

Portraying 12 scenes from the beautiful Isle of Man, this calendar runs from January 2020 - December 2020


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Castle Rushen Blank Greetings Card

Castle Rushen Blank Greetings Card

Port Erin 1000 Piece Jigsaw

Port Erin 1000 Piece Jigsaw

Port St Mary 1000 Piece Jigsaw

Port St Mary 1000 Piece Jigsaw

Narrow Gauge Album - 1950 - 1965 In Colour

Narrow Gauge Album - 1950 - 1965 In Colour

25.00

From the wilds of the west of Ireland, through the mountains of North Wales to the rolling countryside of the east of England ironstone fields, the narrow gauge railway provided an invaluable service for around a hundred years. Valuable minerals were carried from quarries and mines to seaports for onward transport, whilst remote areas that were without any transport connections were connected to the outside world for a fraction of the cost of a full size railway, their inhabitants no longer isolated from the benefits of travel and trade. However, as roads improved and the motor vehicle gained the upper hand, this way of life began to come under increasing threat and by the 1950s the narrow gauge systems that remained faced a bleak future.

Several of the lines featured within this book were saved: the Welshpool & Llanfair, the Ffestiniog, the Talyllyn and the Vale of Rheidol. They collectively form a core part of the narrow gauge lines of North Wales that now attract tourists in their thousands, together with the Snowdon Mountain Railway.

The Isle of Man Railway has its own chapter (26 pages) and the present day operation is much reduced from the 1950s and 1960s era depicted in the book,

This is a chance to enjoy many of these lines and their myriad of sturdy locomotives that worked them and all in glorious colour.

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The Isle of Man From the Air

The Isle of Man From the Air

14.99

The Isle of Man as you have never seen it before!

The Isle of Man has one of the world's most fascinating landscapes, shaped by the Ice Age, weathered by time and colured by human history. But much of this beautiful and dramatic scenery is rarely seen to its full advantage and can only be hinted at from ground level.

The recent innovations in the field of drone filming have enabled the qualified pilots at Duke Aerial Productions to explore the Isle of Man like never before - and to get even closer and more intimate to their subjects than ever before. The result is a beautiful and fascinating portrayal of the island, showing facets of the ‘gem of God’s earth’ which are new, even to those who have lived and worked on the land all of their lives.

Filmed throughout with the latest 4K technology available so you can enjoy incredible views of the Isle of Man from the comfort of your own home.
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Eyes of Mann - The Island From Above

Eyes of Mann - The Island From Above

19.99

This book presents a unique record of our intriguing Island with a stunning collection of photographs of the Isle of Man using the latest drone technology. It also features the Island's towns and villages as well as our historic landscape and industrial past.

The drone is able to visit remote places that are difficult to access, such as the abandoned mines at the back of Bradda Head. Flying over the towns, the drone reveals street layouts, hidden areas and, in Douglas, the dazzling array of Victorian terraces, something only really visible from the air.

All pictures are complemented with captions for each view with supporting text by local historian and broadcaster, Charles Guard.


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Good Clean Fun - A Social History of Britain's First Holiday Camp

Good Clean Fun - A Social History of Britain's First Holiday Camp

25.00

Jill Drower, great-granddaughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Cunningham, has revisited the story of the Young Men's Holiday Camp in Douglas, in the Isle of Man. The result is a book packed with information and pictures, with hitherto undiscovered facts about the Cunningham family and the enterprise that set the standard for Butlins, Pontins and other holiday camps that were to follow.

In the book Jil shows the links between living and working conditions in the early nineteenth century Liverpool and how these produced the philanthropic movement of which Joseph Cunningham was a part.

She has traced the Camp's origins back through her own family history to bread production in Paisley in Scotland, following the generations down to the family of bakers who sold bread to the boats. She follows the story from its beginnings before the 'Toxteth camping trips' in the 1890s, to the Camp's sale after the Second World War.

With over 150 illustrations, the book is packed with new information about Cunningham's and the rise of this 'major national phenomenon' called the holiday camp.



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The Story of the Isle of Man

The Story of the Isle of Man

7.99

This book was originally published in 1901 as an educational primer for schools. It sets out to tell the history of the Isle of Man and the Manx people. It shows in a clear and easily understood way how various peoples came to the Island to settle, how they lived in former times and what have been the most important changes in government, religion, laws and social conditions over the centuries. From the legendary and mythological past to the beginnings of the twentieth century, the Island’s history is uncovered and explained.

A descendant of Illiam Dhone, Arthur Moore was the founder of the Manx Language Society. He was a keen collector of Manx culture, language and folklore and Speaker of the House of Keys.
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One Horse Power - The Douglas Bay Horse Tramway Since 1876

One Horse Power - The Douglas Bay Horse Tramway Since 1876

16.95

In this book, local transport author, Barry Edwards, tells the story of the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway.

Opened on 7 August 1876 and at a time when tourism on the Island was flourishing, the tramway went from strength to strength, being extended several times and with an ever increasing fleet of trams and horses.

Through two World Wars, financial crises and declining passenger numbers the tramway in more recent times has emerged into Government ownership, with refurbished trams and a planned complete relay of the track, as part of the Douglas Promenade refurbishment, albeit with a single track with passing loops, from Esplanade Lane to the Sea Terminal. There are also plans for a new car shed on the existing site at Derby Castle.

Perhaps most importantly, visitors and residents alike will be able to enjoy the delights of this Victorian tramway for many years to come. This book endeavours to tell the story with an informative text and a wealth of illustrations, many not previously published. Maps and a complete fleet list are included.

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Return to Isle of Man Transport

Return to Isle of Man Transport

30.00

This is the second book by Martin Jenkins and Charles Roberts about transport in the Isle of Man.

The first volume was described in Classic Bus as a "splendid book which takes you on a wonderfully nostalgic journey all round the island in lovely photographs" and covered the steam railway, shipping and Road Services buses.

This second volume, using many previously unpublished rare early colour pictures, completes the coverage by looking at the Manx Electric and Snaefell Mountain Railways, as well as the buses and horse trams of Douglas Corporation.

The authors have managed to collect together some truly interesting and often stunning pictures, from a period when colour coverage of transport subjects was almost non-existent.
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Isle of Man Transport in the 1970s

Isle of Man Transport in the 1970s

14.99

Starting with a day trip by the author in 1970, this book covers the rest of the decade with visits in 1971, 1972, 1976 and 1979.

The Isle of Man was a fascinating place for a transport enthusiast, with the traditional Douglas Corporation buses, Douglas Bay Horse Tramway, the Manx Electric Railway and the IOM Steam Railway – not forgetting the Snaefell Mountain Railway and the lovely old Steam Packet Co. ships. These traditional ships were the main loss in later years, but other changes had also occurred prior to David’s final visit such as the loss of the Douglas Corporation buses livery (all buses now being under a ‘National’ fleetname) and the rationalisation of Douglas railway station.

With a range of interesting views and fascinating subject matter portrayed in 180 photographs, Isle of Man Transport in the 1970s will appeal both to those who have visited the island and general transport enthusiasts.
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One Horse Power - The Douglas Bay Horse Tramway Since 1876

One Horse Power - The Douglas Bay Horse Tramway Since 1876

16.95

In this book, local transport author, Barry Edwards, tells the story of the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway.

Opened on 7 August 1876 and at a time when tourism on the Island was flourishing, the tramway went from strength to strength, being extended several times and with an ever increasing fleet of trams and horses.

Through two World Wars, financial crises and declining passenger numbers the tramway in more recent times has emerged into Government ownership, with refurbished trams and a planned complete relay of the track, as part of the Douglas Promenade refurbishment, albeit with a single track with passing loops, from Esplanade Lane to the Sea Terminal. There are also plans for a new car shed on the existing site at Derby Castle.

Perhaps most importantly, visitors and residents alike will be able to enjoy the delights of this Victorian tramway for many years to come. This book endeavours to tell the story with an informative text and a wealth of illustrations, many not previously published. Maps and a complete fleet list are included.

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Laxey Wheel, Lady Isabella 1000 Piece Jigsaw

Laxey Wheel, Lady Isabella 1000 Piece Jigsaw

Eyes of Mann - The Island From Above

Eyes of Mann - The Island From Above

19.99

This book presents a unique record of our intriguing Island with a stunning collection of photographs of the Isle of Man using the latest drone technology. It also features the Island's towns and villages as well as our historic landscape and industrial past.

The drone is able to visit remote places that are difficult to access, such as the abandoned mines at the back of Bradda Head. Flying over the towns, the drone reveals street layouts, hidden areas and, in Douglas, the dazzling array of Victorian terraces, something only really visible from the air.

All pictures are complemented with captions for each view with supporting text by local historian and broadcaster, Charles Guard.


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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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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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The Isle of Man From the Air

The Isle of Man From the Air

14.99

The Isle of Man as you have never seen it before!

The Isle of Man has one of the world's most fascinating landscapes, shaped by the Ice Age, weathered by time and colured by human history. But much of this beautiful and dramatic scenery is rarely seen to its full advantage and can only be hinted at from ground level.

The recent innovations in the field of drone filming have enabled the qualified pilots at Duke Aerial Productions to explore the Isle of Man like never before - and to get even closer and more intimate to their subjects than ever before. The result is a beautiful and fascinating portrayal of the island, showing facets of the ‘gem of God’s earth’ which are new, even to those who have lived and worked on the land all of their lives.

Filmed throughout with the latest 4K technology available so you can enjoy incredible views of the Isle of Man from the comfort of your own home.
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Three Legs Charm Bead

Three Legs Charm Bead

24.00

Crafted in the finest 925 Sterling Silver, this attractive 3 Legs Bead Charm has been especially made for Lexicon Bookshop and is presented in a black velvet pouch

Fits both Pandora and Chamilia bracelets
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Manx Tholtans Volume 3

Manx Tholtans Volume 3

21.95

In his third photographic journey, Manx photographer and local historian Ray Kelly once again presents the reader with his uniquely attractive images of a time which is both long past and yet reverberates with nostalgia and familiarity.

Discover further Manx 'Tholtans' (a local word describing the ruins of old homes). The author's vivid mythologised stories of almost forgotten people and events add an extra layer of realism to these images which are alive with history.
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All Round Guide to the Isle of Man

All Round Guide to the Isle of Man

5.95

Published in March 2018, this is now the 9th edition of this comprehensive and beautifully illustrated guide. It tells the full story of what makes the Isle of Man such an interesting and memorable place to visit. and includes places to see, maps, car tours, walking ideas, cycle trails and street plans.

With up to date advice, maps and essential information this pocket sized guide is your indispensible reference to the island's scenery, culture, visitor attractions and local places of interest.
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Official Isle of Man 2018 Currency Coin Collection

Official Isle of Man 2018 Currency Coin Collection

29.95

For the year of 2018, 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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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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A Brief History of the Isle of Man (Edition 2)

A Brief History of the Isle of Man (Edition 2)

12.95

With parliamentary traditions introduced by the Vikings, the Isle of Man was the first country to give women the vote. Much of its public transport hasn't changed since Victoria was on the throne, yet the island is the fifth in the space race. Famed for its motorcycle racing and tailless cats, it's still traditional to greet people when crossing the Fairy Bridge.

In the middle of the Irish Sea, the Isle of man has been drawn into the politics of the surrounding islands, yet maintains its own traditions, language and way of life.

It is this proud history of the Manx and their island which this book celebrates.
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Isle of Man Hidden Gems

Isle of Man Hidden Gems

9.95

This is for those who want to discover the wealth of 'hidden gems' on the island. Be they unusual and little known places or more familiar ones, the book enables the reader to discover something new and 'hidden'. To appreciate them you do not need to be a hiker as the walks are between a half and two miles and are easy to follow. These short walks will lead the reader to views, features, landscapes, monuments and fascinating objects, many of which are unlikely to have been seen before.
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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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Good Clean Fun - A Social History of Britain's First Holiday Camp

Good Clean Fun - A Social History of Britain's First Holiday Camp

25.00

Jill Drower, great-granddaughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Cunningham, has revisited the story of the Young Men's Holiday Camp in Douglas, in the Isle of Man. The result is a book packed with information and pictures, with hitherto undiscovered facts about the Cunningham family and the enterprise that set the standard for Butlins, Pontins and other holiday camps that were to follow.

In the book Jil shows the links between living and working conditions in the early nineteenth century Liverpool and how these produced the philanthropic movement of which Joseph Cunningham was a part.

She has traced the Camp's origins back through her own family history to bread production in Paisley in Scotland, following the generations down to the family of bakers who sold bread to the boats. She follows the story from its beginnings before the 'Toxteth camping trips' in the 1890s, to the Camp's sale after the Second World War.

With over 150 illustrations, the book is packed with new information about Cunningham's and the rise of this 'major national phenomenon' called the holiday camp.



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