Matt at No-sword has a post about the 1861 paper “Chinese and Indo-European Roots and Analogues” by Pliny Earle Chase (Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society 8, pp. 5-48):
Spoiler: Chase would like to suggest that the Roman alphabet (and its sister scripts) are derived from the Chinese writing system.
(I’m having trouble reproducing the example passages properly, but you can see them in their original glory here.) He ends with links to “a couple of rather less freewheeling monographs on related ideas, except with the lines of influence going from Near East to Far: Julie Lee Wei’s Correspondences Between the Chinese Calendar Signs and the Phoenician Alphabet, and Brian R. Pellar’s The Foundation of Myth, On the Origins of the Alphabet, and On the Origins of the Alphabet: New Evidence.” A nice combination of the exploded old and the thought-provoking new.